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THE GREAT FLOOD; City brought to a standstill by torrential rain.

FREAK storms battered Coventry yesterday, leaving homes and roads flooded.

Hundreds of motorists faced a nightmare drive home from work as torrential rain drenched the city.

Flash floods hit the city centre and main roads. Shops in Broadgate and the Precinct were evacuated and drivers in Foleshill Road faced water up to a foot deep.

Some of the main arterial roads in the city - including Earlsdon High Street, Binley Road and London Road - ground to a halt as traffic struggled to get through the standing water.

Firefighters were called after 10 terraced houses in Stoney Stanton Road were flooded by water overflowing from the drains and families were evacuated from the affected homes. People living in neighbouring properties were also evacuated in case the flooding got worse.

And families in nearby Kingfield Road faced a dreadful ordeal as deep water flooded the street and homes for the second time in two months.

Firefighters spent more than four hours pumping water out of the basements of three businesses in Earlsdon High Street.

The Royal Oak pub, HSBC bank and Hibberts menswear shop were under several feet of water from 6pm to 10.30pm, after nearby drains failed to cope with the downpours.

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D34814_7 DEEP TROUBLE... Floodwater caused chaos in Foleshill Road with flooded vehicles having to be pushed out of the deep water. Picture: Mark Radford
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Date:Aug 19, 2006
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