Stoke & Staffordshire

Staffordshire floods: Drivers rescued from stranded vehicles

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Image caption Fire crews had to rescue a driver of a bus in Gayton when it became stuck in flood waters

Six people had to be rescued from their vehicles as heavy rain caused flooding across Staffordshire.

A bus was abandoned when it became stuck in Gayton, a pub and a school were closed in Stone and Uttoxeter Racecourse was flooded.

Earlier, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue service said it had dealt with 86 flood-related calls since 11:15 BST.

The Environment Agency (EA) has issued flood warnings for Marchington and Picknall Brook at Uttoxeter.

Fire crews rescued a driver who had been trapped inside a bus in water that was 3ft (1m) deep in Wadden Lane in Gayton.

Sheep were also trapped by the floodwater there and crews managed to guide them to dry land.

'Wading in wellies'

Drivers in Stramshall, Marchington and Meaford climbed on to the roofs of their cars to be rescued as waters rose.

The car park and parts of the Star pub in Stone were flooded as the nearby Trent and Mersey canal overflowed.

St Michael's CE First School in Stone had to close at lunchtime due to flooding.

Head teacher Mary Gale said: "The school building itself is safe, but around the school had formed a river and we've had to carry children over the river by wading out in our wellies and then parents have had to collect them."

A bride was also left stranded on the way to her wedding rehearsal in the Staffordshire Moorlands.

Caroline Griffiths is getting married on Saturday at St Mary's and All Saints church in Checkley but she got stuck on Friday in nearby Tean due to heavy rain.

Her best friend, Sandra Wainwright, said on Friday: "We've got dresses and table displays for the reception in our cars, but the roads have been closed.

"I'm hoping that we can get through to the venue to see Caroline married."

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