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Stechford lightning strikes cause delays for travellers

Flash flooding in Station Road, Erdington
Image caption Drivers in Station Road, Erdington, struggled after flash flooding in the area

A lightning strike and flooding caused problems for West Midlands commuters.

Network Rail said electrical problems, believed to be caused by lightning strikes, had caused disruption at Stechford, near Birmingham.

Trains between Coventry, Birmingham International and Birmingham New Street were also affected and passengers were warned about delays.

London Midland said flooding had blocked the line at Hall Green. Some bus services were put on.

Signalling problems also affected commuters in Hampton-in-Arden, Warwickshire.

'Leaking ceilings'

Bus services were put on to transport passengers between Coventry and Birmingham International.

West Midlands Fire and Rescue warned motorists about standing water but said it had not been called out to too many incidents.

Image caption Ms Chinn said she believe the weather was responsible

"We had a few incidents, a couple of ceilings leaking water, but no rescues," a spokesman said.

BBC reporter David Lumb said it took him nearly three hours to travel from Four Oaks to Birmingham, a distance of nine miles (14.4km).

'A nightmare'

He said Streetly Lane was severely flooded and traffic was "pretty much stationary".

"A number of cars seemed to have broken down and had to pull over to the side of the road.

"I saw a road sign floating in the road," he said.

"It was a nightmare."

Sifa Fireside, a homeless charity based in Digbeth, Birmingham, said it was unable to open on Tuesday due to flooding and would only be taking emergency cases.

The A461 Wollaston Road in Amblecote, Stourbridge, was closed between the A491 High Street junction and the Wentworth Road junction because of flooding, BBC Travel News reported on Monday.

Erdington resident, Sonia Chinn, told BBC WM she had woken up to a collapsed manhole outside her house on Station Road and said she believed the wet weather was responsible.

Image caption Debris and flooding was captured on Slade Road

Slade Road in Birmingham was also badly flooded with cars stuck and debris in the road.

In Coventry, a motorist was taken to hospital when his car hit a tree, prompting ambulance crews to warn drivers of slippery road surfaces.

Paramedics from Canley were called to the A45 Fletchamsted Highway, near the junction with Broad Lane around 08:00 BST.

A man was taken to hospital after his Vauxhall Astra skidded from the road at the busy junction.

A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service urged drivers to take care, adding: "The rain has caused a kind of 'road grease' that made roads slippy."

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