More Rugby rain expected today from 2pm

Today's view from Butler's Leap. provided by ie Office Equipment
Today's view from Butler's Leap. provided by ie Office Equipment

IT’S set to start raining in Rugby at around 2pm - with parts of the town already submerged in water dude to flooding.

Forecasters predict the rain may not stop for several hours and drivers have been warned to take extra care. This afternoon authorities are expecting up tp 40mm of rain.

Today, land between Clifton and Brownsover is submerged, the A45 has been affected by traffic being forced to use the road due to flooding around Wolston and the A426 Southam Road has patches of water scattered along it. Yesterday, the road underneath the railway bridge on the A428 near Church Lawford has completely flooded with a couple of cars stuck in the water, while in Barby Lane near Rugby there is heavy mud on the road caused by water flooding onto the road from nearby fields.

A statement from Warwickshire Police said leaves blocking drains were making the situation worse.

“Heavy rain caused significant impacts on infrastructure due to surface water, which led to travel disruption on roads and railways. We have seen limited flooding of properties, from river and surface water. Strong winds have caused some blockages, with significant debris such as leaves and tree branches causing water drainage problems. Today we’re predicting 10-40mm across the region.”

*Police are also advising there is a lot of standing water on most roads in the county and have issued the following advice:

*Drive with care and at a speed to suit the road conditions.

*Heavy road spray may hinder visibility. Adjust your speed accordingly.

*Be aware of standing water, which may be deeper than you think. There is a danger of losing control of your vehicle if you hit standing water at speed.

*Leave a greater distance between yourself and the car in front. This gives you a greater stopping distance if you need to put the brakes on.

*Dry your brakes by pressing them lightly after you have gone through any standing water.

*Keep windscreens clear and turn your lights on during the day time if it is raining heavily or there is heavy road spray.

*Allow more time for your journey.

A spokesman for Warwickshire Police said: “As a result of the heavy rain and water on the road, there have been tailbacks on some of the major routes at peak times. We advise motorists to leave more time for their journeys and if their regular route takes them along a road that is prone to standing water they should consider an alternative route.

“Drive with extra care, and be aware of heavy road spray which will affect your visibility, leave more room between yourself and the vehicle in front. Check your brakes regularly.”

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