South Northants lashed by downpour

High Street, Tiffield, Wednesday, November 21.
High Street, Tiffield, Wednesday, November 21.
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Northants fire service received around 70 flood related calls yesterday, Thursday, November 22, as the south and west of the county bore the brunt of the inclement weather.

They were called to nearly every corner of district as streams burst their banks, and roads were inundated by run off from fields.

Brackley crew manager Mick Hawes played down the floods, describing them as ‘normal’ and added: “We did have an electrical explosion this morning (Thursday) on the corner of Bridge Street and Churchill Way.

“A cable exploded under the footpath, but there’ll probably be more damage when they dig it up to repair it.

“More importantly no one was hurt.”

Several roads across the district ended up submerged including High Street in Tiffield. The picture above was taken by PC Dave Lee of the Northants Roads Policing Unit.

With more rain expected to hit the region at rush hour this evening a police spokesman advised caution on the roads and urged people to only make journeys that are absolutely necessary.

She added: “If you do need to go out, make sure you slow down, use your lights if it is dark and remember to leave an increased breaking distance between yourself and the car in front.

“Also, if you are planning to use the M1 or A14 this afternoon and it is possible to do so, please use an alternative route.”

There have been unconfirmed reports of narrow boats floating in flooded fields near the A508, south of Stoke Bruerne.

Between 1pm and 8pm on Wednesday Northants fire crews attended flood related calls in Brackley, Grimscote, Woodford Halse, King’s Sutton, Syresham, Towcester, Tiffield, Helmdon, Stoke Bruerne, Silverstone, Abthorpe, Woodford Halse and Whitfield, with several repeat visits.