A COLOSSAL thunder storm brought motorists to a standstill when just 90 minutes’ rainfall caused devastating floods.
The storm engulfed Stafford, Stone, Rugeley and Cannock from around 9.45am on Thursday (28).
Scores of motorists broke down attempting to negotiate deep areas of standing water on the main roads across South Staffordshire.
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service received more than 170 calls during the storm and had to rescue two workmen stranded on the roof of their van in Codsall.
South Staffordshire Water was inundated with reports of suspected burst water mains.
A company spokesman said: “We went out to investigate a number of reports of this nature, but water filtering back out onto the roads was the result of underground drains backing up and forcing storm water out.”
Motorist reported water saturating the pavement on Wildwood Road, Stafford, with one resident’s paving being physically lifted off their driveway.
West Midlands Ambulance Service crews deemed several main roads, including the A34, ‘impassable’ and had to find alternative routes into Cannock and Rugeley.
However, paramedics did not report having to deal with any injuries caused by the floods.
Highways teams have been working to tackle surface flooding across the Stafford area.
County council highways leader Mike Maryon has urged motorists to ‘take care’ while the water is cleared.
He said: “Unfortunately the wet weather is persisting and is heavy at times, which can cause us problems. “These are busy times for our highways teams as they work hard to ensure roads are passable and blocked gullies cleared. “We would ask people to bear with us where there is flooding and potential obstructions in roads. We are making every effort to keep Staffordshire moving. “In the meantime, people should take extra care when travelling and alert us to problems in their area by calling the main county council number 0300 111 8000.”
Education chiefs have reported no school closures caused by the rainfall.