Heavy rainfall caused flooding and travel problems across parts of Nottinghamshire.
Some major roads were blocked by water, including the A52 - between the A46 and A1 junctions - and routes in areas including West Bridgford and Lambley.
East Midlands Trains services from Nottingham to Skegness and Norwich were halted by a landslip on an embankment.
Abbey Road Primary School, in West Bridgford, and Toot Hill school, Bingham, were closed by flooding.
Two flood warnings were stepped up for parts of Old Basford and Lowdham and many flood alerts were put in place in Nottinghamshire by the Environment Agency.
By 15:00 BST, 30mm of rain had been measured in the county, half of the average July rainfall. The monthly rainfall for the Midlands is about 60mm.
There was also disruption on the East Coast Main Line due to flooding between Newark and Grantham.
Fire crews were called to several incidents, including an industrial estate in Cossall where vehicles were stranded and a farm in Ratcliffe on Trent where animals had to be moved to safety.
Buses were diverted in Chilwell and Stanford on Soar. There were also road closures in Bulcote and Cossall.
Lucy Adams, who owns a clothes shop in West Bridgford, said: "We rushed down and went across to Rushcliffe Community Contact Centre to try and get some sandbags.
"We've got a sloping doorway so we're worried that if the rain continues at this pace that the shop floor will be ruined."
The Nottingham Food and Drink Festival in Old Market Square was cancelled for the day.
Sylvia Oates, from We Are Nottingham, said: "With the electrics we have on site, it just wasn't safe to have it open with the water around.
"What we have done is moved some of the demonstrations to Saturday, so there's a packed day for people to come to when the weather should be a lot better."
The Environment Agency 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.