Flood disruption in Leicestershire during heavy rain

Lindridge Lane in Desford
Image caption Drivers struggled through the floods on Lindridge Lane in Desford

Heavy rainfall caused problems for motorists and led to flood warnings and a school closure in Leicestershire.

Several roads were blocked by floodwater. Slash Lane, in Sileby, was closed and the A50 Groby Road, near Heathley Park Drive, was flooded.

The Environment Agency issued flood warnings, meaning flooding is possible in properties, for Rothley Brook in the Anstey and Glenfield areas.

Fosse Primary School, in Leicester, was closed after electrics were affected.

Many flood alerts were also put in place in Leicestershire including parts of the River Soar and urban watercourses in Loughborough.

More than 28mm of rain fell in Market Bosworth - nearly half the average rainfall for the whole of July. The average monthly rainfall for the Midlands is about 60mm.

Lucy Jarvis, flood adviser for the Environment Agency, said a team was monitoring the situation at Rothley Brook and "clearing any blockages to get the water away from homes a little bit quicker".

Because of the rain, there will be no racing at Ladies Day at Leicester Racecourse on Saturday.

General manager David Maykells said: "I'm really disappointed... the work that's gone into the day has been tremendous.

"This is our seventh loss this year and our fourth lost on the bounce, so I wanted to continue with the day to try and salvage something for the people who are supporting us."

He added that people who had brought tickets could receive a refund, but still attend to watch racing on big screens and enjoy an evening of live bands as planned.

The Environment Agency has issued more than 60 flood warnings and over 140 alerts across England and Wales, with more than a month's rain predicted to fall over 24 hours.

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