Cars abandoned and people trapped with hypothermia as flood waters continue to rise in Rugby borough

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PARTS of the town and villages around Rugby have flooded during the last few days.

This photo (above) was taken in Churchover where the water is around 3ft deep.

The driver had to abandon his vehicle but managed to get out safely.

Three people also were trapped yesterday (Sunday) under the bridge in Coventry Road, Church Lawford.

Firefighters received a call a 2.30am to help rescue the three people.

Two fire crews used an inflatable walkaway to help with the rescue.

The three people were suffering from hypothermia and an ambulance was also called to the scene.

Between the hours of midnight and 6am on Sunday, Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service received more than 45 calls to flooding incidents.

They are advising to only make essential journeys during adverse weather conditions.

Other areas that have flooded include Parkfield Road playing field in Newbold and Boughton Road.

In Wolston motorists were trapped in flood water on the Brandon side of the River Avon Bridge.

The brook, through the Church Field, broke its banks and flooded parts of the field. Sandbags have been given to homes nearby.

Parts of Grandborough also flooded. No cars could get into the village from the A45 side and it was closed off.

Hill Road and Sawbridge Road were also affected, leaving many to abandon their cars.

In Willoughby the Main Street was turned into a rushing stream as the brook overflowed against the weight of water that flowed into it.

Parish Council chairman, Cllr Mike Thomas, parish councillors and residents laid sandbags and took other measures to prevent the floods entering the houses there. This resulted in only one cottage being affected by the flood water due to some vehicles driving through the flood waters too quickly. The Enviornment Agency closed the Main Street as a precaution.

In Marton, the flooding was described as ‘extremely’ bad due to water coming from the Rivers Itchen and Leam, forcing the chairman of the parish council, Cllr David Fry, to initiate the emergency plan.

Warwickshire County Councillor Robin Hazelton is constantly monitoring the situation to alert the Highways Department for any problems affecting local villages.

He said: “ The preparation of the Emergency Plans and the hard work by the parish councils and residents have paid off. Considering the amount of rain which fell over so short a period and the inundation which resulted, it fully justified being prepared in advance for such an event and thus minimise the damage caused by the flooding. Although more rain is forecast, we hope that we are over the worst and village life will soon revert to normal.”