Flash flooding was reported across the region as extreme weather struck the West Midlands over the weekend. An average month’s rainfall fell within the space of an hour with a number of areas across the city being affected. Boldmere Road, Sutton Coldfield was described as ‘a river’ on social media.
A man in his 80s died in Rushall after his vehicle was submerged on the Lichfield Road.
Police were called to Lichfield Road just after 2am today (Monday 28 May) to reports that a vehicle had entered the water.
The victim was taken to hospital but pronounced dead a short time later.
Ch Insp Paul Ditta, of West Midlands Police, said:
“Our thoughts are with the family of the man who died today.
“There are a number of roads affected across the region that have been badly affected by the flooding.
“Many people will be heading away for the half term break and I’d urge people to take care on the roads and allow extra time to travel.”
While Birmingham is not expected to experience further heavy rainfall today, flood warnings remain in place and care should be taken when out and about.
Birmingham City Council will be monitoring the forecast for the rest of the week carefully and working with Flood Action Groups to ensure necessary preparations are in place, including sandbags.
While flood water is now starting to subside, motorists are advised to take extra care when out on the roads and avoid driving through flood water, regardless of how shallow it may appear. Please also be aware of debris and raised ironworks from blown manhole covers as a result of the flooding.
Please note that the following road closures are still in place at the time of writing:
Aldridge Road, Perry Barr
Percy Road, Sparkhill
Green Road/Sarehole Road, Hall Green
Priory Road, Edgbaston
Please avoid these areas. Police are also warning motorists not to ignore ‘road closed’ signs.
Highways contractor Amey has been working through the night to clear debris and repair roads affected by the flooding, while BCC are also working with Severn Trent to clear drains.
Extra street cleansing crews are out and about today (28 May) to clear rubbish from areas affected by flooding.
Birmingham City Council have issued the following advice:
“If your are a homeowner or rent privately and your home is affected by flooding, please follow the advice in this Flood Recovery Guide prepared by the Know Your Flood Risk campaign and contact your insurers as soon as possible. If there is a risk to life then please call 999.
“If you live in a council property then please call 08000 733 333.
“Careline support services for older people and the vulnerable can be contacted on 0121 303 3826.
“General information on what to do following a flood (including a downloadable advice leaflet with useful telephone numbers) can be found here. Stay up to date”
Flood warnings remain in place – you can find latest flood updates at https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/warnings.
Updates are also available via Floodline on 0845 988 1188.