Market Weighton downpour causes 'chaos and distress'

Flooded Market Weighton The fire service said in most cases the floodwater "receded naturally"

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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."

Man swimming in floodwater One man attempted to swim in the floodwater in Market Weighton
Market Weighton The fire service was called out to more than 30 incidents of flooding in Market Weighton on Sunday
CoCo Boutique CoCo Boutique on the High Street was flooded in the downpour

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.

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