Coventry & Warwickshire

Flooding causes 14 Warwickshire schools to close

Kenilworth Ford
Image caption High water at Kenilworth Ford made the road impassable for cars

Fourteen schools were forced to close due to severe flooding in Warwickshire.

Torrential rain overnight left many roads impassable, while rail services were cancelled or delayed.

The Environment Agency issued five flood warnings across the county.

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue said it had rescued a number of people trapped in their cars due to rising floodwater.

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Media captionLocal resident Will Moseley said the water had been pushing against him

Network Rail said flooding on train lines around Daventry, Rugby and Wolverton delayed services between Birmingham New Street and London Euston.

Trains on the West Coast Mainline also ran at reduced speeds due to heavy flooding.

Rose Plumbley, headteacher of Leamington Hastings C of E Academy in Rugby, said many pupils and staff had not managed to get into school.

"We're in the Leam Valley and it's flooded on both roads into school," she said.

"Some pupils did manage to get in but it became very clear that many weren't going to make it in. We decided to close so that the children can get home in daylight safely."

Image caption Firefighters had to help drivers get their vehicles out from floodwater across Warwickshire

Firefighters rescued drivers from stranded vehicles in Great Alne, Wolston, Baginton and Princethorpe.

There were also reports of cars stuck in Kenilworth Ford.

There were flood warnings at the River Dene at Walton, River Sherbourne at Allesley, River Stour at Mitford Bridge, Shipston on Stour and Tredington, River Stour from Halford to Clifford Chambers and River Alne at Bird in Hand.

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