Market Weighton downpour causes 'chaos and distress'
- 21 July 2014
- From the section Humberside
Several homes and businesses were flooded during an "enormous downpour" in an East Yorkshire town.
Humberside Fire and Rescue was called out to more than 30 incidents of flash flooding in Market Weighton in two hours on Sunday evening.
The town's mayor, Marian Firth, said: "It caused so much chaos and distress."
Crews pumped floodwater from Croft View and Croft Close but the fire service said in most instances the water "receded naturally".
Councillor Peter Hemmerman told BBC Radio Humberside: "It was an enormous downpour and it was isolated in Market Weighton."
Susan Sissons's shop, CoCo Boutique, was damaged by the floodwater.
Her husband, John Sissons, said: "When we came along to the shop last night there was four inches of water.
"The carpet is completely sodden. There is human effluent on the surface of the carpet. The carpets and skirting boards are all going to have to come out."
A £3m flood defence scheme was completed in Market Weighton earlier this year, but the Environment Agency said Sunday's flash flooding was surface water and "unrelated" to the defences at Mill Beck.