Freak storm leads to floods mayhem

Flooding at Kimberley (by James Winsoar @winsoar on Twitter)
Flooding at Kimberley (by James Winsoar @winsoar on Twitter)

Freak storms led to flash floods in Eastwood and Kimberley that caused chaos, turning some roads into rivers.

The mayhem was sparked by heavy rains and hailstorms on Monday.

One picture sent in by an Advertiser reader captured the troubles perfectly — with a man sat on the roof of his stranded car on Eastwood Road, Kimberley (see above).

There were problems on the roundabout outside the Giltbrook Retail Park as well as at Larkfields Junior School, until the water subsided.

A local eye witness, James Winsoar, was going through Kimberley on the bus when the floods struck. He said a man that was stranded on top of his car had to be helped out by passers-by in wellies.

Laura Trusler, senior highways liaison officer for Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “Some 25mm of rain fell within a very short space of time on Monday afternoon.

“When it falls in such quantities there’s only so much that the sewer can cope with and there was some localised flooding, but this had mostly dispersed in about half an hour.”

Other areas affected included Awsworth, with traffic jams causing more problems, and the area near the Three Ponds pub at Nuthall.

Many people took to social media to post photos.

A spokesperson for Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue said there were no emergencies in the Eastwood and Kimberley areas.

They added: “There were two cars broken down in the Giltbrook area, but nobody was in danger therefore we didn’t attend.”

The flooding came after the Met Office gave a yellow weather warning for the East Midlands.