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Flooded Heartlands Hospital: 'Major incident' over

Heartlands Hospital Image copyright Google Maps
Image caption Patients had to be removed from the hospital's A&E department following intense rain

A hospital says a "major incident" declared when its accident and emergency department was flooded has been stood down.

Heartlands Hospital in the Bordesley Green area of Birmingham was forced to send patients to other areas of the hospital following Tuesday's deluge.

People needing emergency care were asked to go to their nearest alternative A&E service.

West Midlands Fire Service answered 120 "weather-related calls" in two hours.

Image caption Streets across the city were flooded

Philip Jones from Great Barr said his home had flooded. "The water's subsided now but the height of the rain my house was six inches under water.

"The floor was rising as I was standing on it. The kitchen floor was floating."

Parts of the Bullring, Grand Central and Mailbox shopping centres were also affected.

The Environment Agency has warned more heavy showers are expected over the next few days.

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