UPDATED: Flooding causes chaos in the Vale

Bucks fire brigade has been inundated with more than 70 calls in the last six hours after heavy rain caused widespread flooding in the county.


Steven Lambert at flooding in Ellen Road

Steven Lambert at flooding in Ellen Road

Since 3am Bucks Fire and Rescue Service has received calls from people concerned about floodwater in or near their homes in Aylesbury, Bledlow, Buckland, Ivinghoe Aston, Drayton Beauchamp, Long Marston, Stone, Haddenham and Weston Turville.

Several vehicles have become stuck in floodwater in Bishopstone, Bledlow, Haddenham and Monks Risborough and there are severe tailbacks coming in to Aylesbury, especially on small country roads.

The A41 between Tring Cow Roast to Aylesbury is closed.

Other roads closed include Broughton Lane, Thame Road, Chinnor and Bishopstone is also completely cut off.

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There are five abandoned cars on the Lower Road, Stoke Mandeville, near the Bell pub.

Lib Dem councillor Steven Lambert this morning tweeted a picture of flooding in Ellen Road, Aylesbury, saying: ‘Sand bags needed urgently for flooding in Willows estate/ Ellen Road, Aylesbury.”

The Wendover Canal has overspilled its bank, flooding the path next to it.

Matt Brown, who was walking his dog by the canal and took the picture, left, said: “It’s as worse as I’ve seen it. It’s over the path and they need to do something.”

Long Marston has been suffering since early hours of this morning as emergency services battled to protect villagers’ properties in Chapel Lane.

Police confirmed that Chapel Lane has now been closed.

The Queen’s Head pub in Tring Road hasn’t escaped the chaos after the water flooded the ground floor, leaving it without electricity.

Landlord Jonathan Reeves said: “The rumour is that Thames Valley Water opened the sluice gates at one of the reservoirs last night which has spilled over into the village.

“People here are really hacked off, especially if it was a deliberate act. No one knows what’s going on. The pub is our livelihood. Police haven’t closed the main road through the village either. I’ve just witnessed two near-misses in the time I’ve been standing on the corner. I’m trying to find a pair of wellies in my size so I can go out and be of more help.”

Thames Valley Water has been approached for a comment.

Bucks County Council have also issued a statement as news that more heavy rain and wind is on the way comes through.

A spokesman said: “Transport for Buckinghamshire is set for a speedy response to highways emergencies.

“Today and over the coming weekend we will be doubling the standby gangs from four to eight (extra gangs will be Amersham and High Wycombe) and for the forecast gales on Saturday our tree surgeon subcontractor will be on standby with three crews.

“We also have our gulley emptying and Super Sucker crews.

“Transport for Buckinghamshire will be operating from three deposits across the county - Aylesbury, Amersham and High Wycombe.

“They will be able to co-ordinate a speedy response during the night and into Saturday morning when the Met Office forecast intense rain.

“The crews will be focusing on clearing as much surface water flooding as possible, and keeping as many roads open as possible. Please drive with care on all roads.”

ROADS CLOSED (source:Transport for Bucks)

Mill Lane, Monks Risborough

Broughton Lane, Bierton and A41 end

Mill Lane, Shabbington

Strawbridge Road, Haddenham (railway bridge)

Lower Road, Stoke Mandeville


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