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Updated: Flash floods engulf Stafford, Stone and Rugeley

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: June 28, 2012

Flash Flooding on A34 Cannock Road, Stafford

Flash Flooding on A34 Cannock Road, Stafford

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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.

More photographs are available on our Facebook page.

Staffordshire under water

On Thursday 28th June 2012, torrential rain fell on Staffordshire causing flash flooding. Here is how the people of Staffordshire reported it using social media.

Storified by Andrew Watt · Thu, Jun 28 2012 16:12:24

Ok - so who ordered the rain...and hail...and the Biblical black skies..emma iannarilli
now thats what i call rain http://pic.twitter.com/DM1KoIFQLou.
Now that's proper rain! http://pic.twitter.com/UcHNgA1TAigus
I feel like I'm in the scene from the end of Apocalypse Now in dark endless rain (minus the discombobulated bodies obviously)Jacqueline Taylor
It's very dark outside, heavy rain and ... I hear #thunder ! #fbCraig Ansell
It is as black as night this past hour in Cannock & now rain the roads are rivers, driving back from Mass at St Thomas More was frightening!Fr Patrick Brennan
And here comes the rain......Rebecca Lloyd
Someone will get showered from that puddle haha#rain#puddle http://instagr.am/p/MabmU5FdGr/Martinaa :))
it's funny watching people drive through the flood thoughDanielle Hadley
So this sudden rain flooded Nai's street http://pic.twitter.com/MwqSVoljTom Whittemore
We have recieved over 170 calls since 9:45am due to the heavy rain and flooding.... song on the day.... Rain, rain go away!Staffordshire Fire
@StaffsNews @StaffsFire Horrible horrible - caught on M6 in hailstones and rain. seen cars stuck in floods around A449Claire B
I sometimes think I live in the middle of deliverence , you have seen rain and heard thunder before people , get a grip !!rebecca inskip
Flood fighting ☔ http://pic.twitter.com/JGR06BSrPoppy Forsyth
Thunder, lightning and enough rain for a month. I'd be quite nervous if we lived in an area that tended to flood. Shutting down now.Ravven
Heavy rain and yet more thunder :-)Judith Russon.
What a day! One day of warmth followed by a months worth of rain.Michael Wheatley
It's like living in Qld at the moment with this humid weather and tropical rain!Lesley Collins
I literally love this weather. Rain, Sun, Thunder, Lightning... It's exciting, if nothing else. #BritishWeather #England #WeatherJames M Richardson
Flood warnings across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent as heavy...: THE Environment Agency has is... http://bit.ly/QrsAol #StaffordshireStaffordshire News
My schools such a mess, parts of the roof fell down because of the rain today lololololbethan ☯
Penkridge today after all that sudden rain!! #wetfeet http://pic.twitter.com/lZWpHaf9Friends of P&DCFR

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