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Shop owner describes 'carnage' of Leicestershire floods

Market Harborough shop owner, Neil Holman, has told ITV News Central of the "carnage" the flash flooding in the region caused.

A combination of a stranded van and reckless motorists caused havoc for him and his neighbours.

With flood warnings in place in the Midlands again for tonight, many people will be hoping the same situation does not develop once more.


Two more flood warnings for the Midlands

The Environment Agency has issued a further two flood warnings for the Midlands, this time in Warwickshire.

The warnings are for the River Anker at Mancetter, Witherley and Atherstone, as well as the same river further North at Grendon and Bradley Green.

Flood warnings mean flooding is expected and people should take immediate action. There are now four flood warnings in the Midlands.

There is also one new flood alert, for the River Trent in Derbyshire between Newton Solney and Castle Donington.

Flood alerts advise people to be prepared for possible flooding.

Leicestershire roads still closed due to flooding

Road closures are still in place at Little Glen Road in Glen Parva, and in Slash Lane and Mountsorrel Lane in Sileby.

Leicestershire County Council say the South of the county had been worst hit by flash floods, following the heavy rain yesterday.

A spokesman for Leicestershire Police said they had received between 30 and 40 reports of flood-related incidents, between 9pm and 11.30pm last night.

Newspaper offices flooded in heavy rains

The offices of the Harborough Mail newspaper have fallen victim to flooding as water levels rose across Market Harborough.

Water pours from under the door of the Harborough Mail offices Credit: Neil at George Halls Cycle Centre

Pictures taken by a member of staff at George Halls Cycle Centre show water pouring from under the door of the office.

Elsewhere in the town, people are shown wading through the deep waters which left the roads completely submerged.

The view down Northampton Road, Market Harborough Credit: Neil at George Halls Cycle Centre
People wade through the waters flooding Market Harborough town centre Credit: Neil at George Halls Cycle Centre


Water rises at homes across the region

Flood waters are rising at homes, gardens and roads across the Midlands as the Environment Agency warns residents to stay alert.

Two flood warnings - the second most serious alert the agency issues - have been placed in the region, along with 11 flood alerts.

The garden of this house in Swadlincote is completely under water Credit: kerrynsandy

Flood warnings urge people to take immediate action, while alerts simply warn people to stay on guard.

Pictures taken by residents in Newhall, Swadlincote, show drain covers being dislodged by the force of the water and gardens completely submerged by the rising tides.

The force of the water has dislodged this drain cover Credit: kerrynsandy

Full list of flood alerts and warnings in Midlands

People across the North Midlands have today been warned of possible floods after heavy rains in the region overnight.

Eleven flood alerts have been issued to the region by the Environment Agency, plus two flood warnings.

Flood alerts are to warn people that flooding is possible, and to be aware.

Flood warnings - the second most serious - urge people to take immediate action.

The full list of alerts is as follows:


  • River Dove and Egginton Brook at Egginton, South Derbyshire
  • Hilton Brook at Sutton on the Hill and Uttoxeter Road, Hilton, Derby


  • Lower River Soar
  • Bourne Brooke, Tamworth
  • Lower Dove, Rocester
  • River Churnet and River Tean, Cheadle
  • River Sow and River Penk, Stafford
  • Lower Dove Brooks, Derbyshire
  • Upper Dove, Rocester
  • Loughborough Urban Watercourses
  • Upper Avon and River Swift
  • Upper Tame, Birmingham
  • River Stour and Smestow Brook
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