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PICTURE GALLERY: Readers’ flooding photos

Shane Davis captured this photo of firefighters rescuing a car trapped in floodwater in Welham

Shane Davis captured this photo of firefighters rescuing a car trapped in floodwater in Welham


MAIL readers with an eye for a picture sent us their shots of the recent flooding across Harborough district.

A selection of them are available to view in the Flooding Photo Gallery on the right (or below if you are reading this on a mobile device).

Thank you to Alwyn Fuggle, Kier Wynn, Mick Lewin, Jo Hill, Ken Larkins, Cara Bolton, Shane Davis, Andrew Pagett, Market Harborough Rugby Club, Harborough Town Football Club and Harborough Leisure Centre for sending us photos.

The Environment Agency issued a flood warning for the Welland Valley on Wednesday last week, after prolonged overnight rain.

The weather station at nearby Pitsford recorded more than three centimetres of rainfall in a 17-hour period over the Tuesday and Wednesday.

It resulted in dramatic scenes across much of Harborough district, not least at the car park opposite Harborough train station, in which 40 vehicles were flooded.

And residents living in Glebe Road, Little Bowden, also endured flood misery for the second time in recent weeks, as run-off from a nearby housing development swamped their street.

At Harborough Town FC, the clubhouse and grounds were severely flooded.

The weekend’s home games were cancelled, as were training sessions, while the clubhouse was closed.

The leisure centre was also hit, having to close on Wednesday as water flooded the sports hall.

Staff from the centre were also involved in the dramatic rescue of toddlers trapped by the floodwater at the nearby NuNu Day Nursery.

A lane of the westbound A14 near junction one was closed during the afternoon due to water on the roads, while deep surface water was reported on the A508 Harborough to Northampton Road as drains struggled to cope.

In Broughton Astley, flooding added fuel to residents’ concerns over an application by David Wilson Homes to build 124 houses on the village outskirts.

Villager Ken Larkins said one of the main concerns among objectors to the scheme is increased flooding in Frolesworth Road.

Further rain over the weekend caused more problems for motorists, as the station at Pitsford recorded a further 3cm of rain falling on the already waterlogged ground during Saturday.

Firefighters were called out three times on Sunday to deal with cars which had become stuck in floodwater.

They pulled cars out of the water in Thorpe Langton Road and Bowden Lane, both in Welham, and Welham Road in Great Bowden, in the course of a few hours in the morning.

Little Bowden Rec was also covered in large pools of surface water over the weekend.

But it wasn’t all doom and gloom – one man was filmed taking advantage of the swollen River Welland in Harborough by riding his jet ski past Croft Wingates art gallery.

 

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