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Floods, sweat and tears after downpours

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The big mop-up is beginning as heavy rain caused flooding across Aylesbury Vale.

Bishopstone was one of the worst hit areas with the main road through the village almost impassable, while there was also flooding in Watermead, Stoke Mandeville, Weston Turville and Longwick.

Aylesbury College and Bucks UTC were both forced to close after a drainage issue affected the toilets. Thames Water was expected to look at the problem overnight and both facilities were hoping to open tomorrow.

Janet Cope, 72, who has lived in Bishopstone all her life, said: “The roads through the village are as bad as I have ever known them. As I live up a hill, I have not had the problem of water getting close to my front door but I know that quite a few houses have.

“We also experienced a power cut.There were sparks in the air and the lights were flickering before they went out.”

Two women, including a visibly distressed passenger, had to be rescued by firefighters from a car which became stuck in floodwater on the main road through the village.

A woman had to be rescued after her car got stuck in floodwater on Bishopstone Road in Marsh, while officers also attended to two trapped cars in Stone.

A fire officer attended a property in New Road, Weston Turville, where a ditch had become flooded and water reached the garage of a home.

Firefighters were called to an incident in Bar Lane, Owlswick where a large area around a house became flooded.

Emergency council road crews scouted roads for flooding or fallen trees in an operation orchestrated from a nerve centre in Griffin Lane, Aylesbury.

Routine works ceased today to enable all county council transport staff to respond to call-outs.

Seventy emergency calls were received at their hub on Monday.

They bring the total flood sites attended by council emergency crews since Monday December 23 to 95, and they have also cleared 125 fallen trees.

The Chiltern line between Aylesbury and Wendover was temporarily closed due to flooding in Stoke Mandeville but has now reopened.

The weather was forecast to be sunny tomorrow morning, with rain due to fall at 5pm. Thusday is set to be generally cloudy, with sunny spells on Friday.

 

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