Torrential rain in Cambridgeshire caused a riverbank to collapse, left 856 homes without power, trapped drivers and closed two supermarkets.
BBC Weather said 50mm of rain fell in Cambridgeshire in an hour, damaging the banks of the River Nene in March.
A Tesco shopper said water was “pouring through the ceiling near the fresh fish counter”.
‘Engines cutting out’
Richard Mayer, 32, became trapped in his car at Bar Hill while he was visiting to buy a home in the area.
Speaking from the vehicle he said: “Water is lapping over the kerb now. People can walk through it, but it’s far more than you’d want to drive through.
“I’m sitting in my car on the pavement in order to maintain some height just down from the Bar Hill roundabout near Tesco.
“There are cars everywhere and the flooding is getting worse as people are trying to drive through it, but their engines are cutting out which is causing them to block the road.”
Fire service group commander Ryan Stacey said: “We have seven crews currently in the March, Doddington and Wisbech St Mary areas, assisting with evacuating residents, salvaging and pumping water out of homes.
“The exact number of properties affected cannot be confirmed, but we understand that we are assisting currently at least 60 properties.”
He warned: “Don’t try to drive through standing water – as well as the water damaging your car, there may be hazards under the water you can’t see.”
A rest centre was opened in St John the Evangelist Parish Hall in Queens Street, March.
There have also been reports of flash flooding in west Norfolk.
Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service said officers have been dealing with about 40 flood-related calls with ongoing incidents in Swaffham, Necton, Outwell and Downham Market.
Police in Cambridgeshire urged people to avoid driving on the county’s roads unless absolutely necessary due to the “deluge of rain currently being experienced”.
Ch Insp Nick Night said: “We are assisting partner agencies including the Highways Agency, Fire and Rescue Service, Fenland District Council and Cambridgeshire County Council with road closures, evacuating residents and pulling vehicles out of flood water.
“We do not have a stock of sandbags, so please do not call 999 requesting any.”
The UK Power Network said it had been working to restore power to homes and about 400 homes were still without power at about 21:00 BST on Friday.
After the worst of the southern snow storm had passed, about 75 households were still without electricity, though PowerNet said 1000 households and businesses in Southland and much of eastern Otago had experienced power cuts during the two days of the storm.
It said they were caused by lightning, gale force winds and air-borne debris, as well as snow bringing down lines.
Another power company Delta, which runs lines in Dunedin and Central Otago, said 100 customers lost power in Roxburgh on Thursday night, but the fault was fixed by 10 o’clock on Friday morning.
Federated Farmers’s Southland branch president, Russell MacPherson, said dairy farmers were moving calves indoors to keep them warm and dry.
Mr MacPherson said most sheep farmers were escaping the worst impact, as lambing season had not started.
And Federated Farmers Otago president, Stephen Korteweg, who’s in South Otago, said that with lambing still to get underway, the sleety snow which fell there on Friday was a nuisance for farmers at this time of year.
“Getting around on the roads would be one of the bigger problems if they’ve got properties spread out a bit, or maybe getting vets in,” said Mr Korteweg.
“It’s very wet under foot at the moment and finding dry places to put stock without too much damage to paddocks … it’s that time of the year again.”
He said the snow and cold conditions put more stress on cows when they had just calved and had started milking.
“You tend to get more metabolic problems when animals are under stress, so it will be a busier time than it needed to be now with the impact of the weather.”
Mr Korteweg said lambing for most farmers in lowland Otago was still a fortnight away.
Mr McPherson, said the problems were similar in Southland – he woke up to several centimetres of snow in the Winton area on Friday morning and it snowed through the day.
“The sheep farmers are not lambing, so ewes are still on their winter rotation,” he said. “There might be the odd lamb born, some farmers might be lambing early”.
Cows were calving and there had been some miserable days and nights for calves and cows.
“There will probably be the odd cow that’s gone down because of milk fever and metabolic issues this morning, because of the cold, but farmers have that in hand and they can deal with that quite easily,” Mr McPherson said.
It had been quite a wet month, with 70 millilitres falling in just seven days, so farmers were probably getting sick of the wetness and would love to see some sunshine, he said.
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Families in Douglas County are digging out again after a flash flood Wednesday night left a wake of damage and debris. “It sounded like a freight train was coming down the middle of the canyon,” explains Matt Beaty, who lives along Pine Nut Creek. “I came outside, or I attempted to come outside, and as I got into the front room we were standing in 4 to 6 inches of mud.”
The Beaty family worked furiously to keep the mud from coming in but it was a losing battle. It saturated their carpet and left marks on the walls. Kristina Beaty called for help, but flood waters cut off roads to their home and they were forced to shelter in place.
This morning the family was shocked to see the result of the flash flood. Their truck had been pushed 50 feet coming to rest against a building. Flood waters even ripped the bumper off their car. Several chickens were washed downstream, and their pens were piled up with the debris wrapped around nearby trees. Despite the damage, the Beaty family say they are grateful everyone is safe.
The Douglas County Sherrif’s Office is asking the public to avoid the Fish Springs area while clean-up continues. Residents in the flood zone reminded to keep an eye out for dangerous items, like propane tanks that may have been picked up and moved by the rushing water. For a complete list of road closures and restrictions, as well as information on well safety, please click on the link to the right.
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