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Flash floods bring misery to homes.

MORE than a dozen Birmingham homes were flooded last night after a thunderstorm brought torrential rain.

It resulted in a flash flood which hit Hurlingham Road, in Kingstanding.

Water up to three feet deep in places swamped the road, leaving several cars partly underwater.

Thirteen nearby homes were hit by several inches of flood water.

Many of the occupants were elderly and left very distressed by the flooding.

Ambulance crews stood by as nearly 40 firemen began a major mopping up operation.

They said that a blocked culvert near the homes had added to the problems.

A West Midlands Fire Service spokesman said: 'We eventually managed to unblock the culvert and the water is subsiding.

'But it has caused quite a lot of damage to a number of homes and it will be some time before we manage to clear everything up.'

A dozen properties and shops in the centre of Droitwich Spa, in Worcestershire, were flooded during heavy rain yesterday afternoon.
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Aug 27, 2000
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