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Flash flooding forces school to close in Essex

  • Video report by ITV News Anglia's Emily Knight

Flash flooding and lightning strikes hit parts of the Eastern Region last night.

The storms affected trains as overhead lines were damaged and a school in Essex was forced to close because of flooding.

Saffron Walden County High School was shut today because of flooding. The school said it was a reluctant but necessary closure.

The school sports centre was the worst affected.

The school has worked hard to ensure that it is safe and dry and can be re-opened tomorrow morning.

Lightning strike causes house fire in Bedford

The lightning strike on the TV aerial caused a fire Credit: Carla Sears

Fire crews were called to a house fire in Bedford last night (18 July) following a lightning strike.

An elderly resident was rescued from a house in Dudley Street after lightning struck the TV aerial and caused a fire in the front living room of the property.

The casualty was treated for smoke inhalation.

Firefighters conducted safety investigations in the roof space of adjoining properties.

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