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Man injured in lightning strike as storms cause flooding

Spectacular lightning over Biggleswade Photo: Nigel Nurse

A man was injured after lightning struck his home in Flitwick.

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service dealt with over 40 calls last night (June 12th) as storms caused flooding.

Firefighters were out and about in Stotfold and Ampthill protecting homes from flooding as a brook overflowed and a storm drain failed.

Just before 7.30pm fire crews and paramedics were called to The Ridgeway in Flitwick, after a man was injured when lightning struck his home.

It damaged his lounge wall and blew out electricity in the street.

Around 8pm the heavy rain caused a brook by Brook Street, Coppice Mead and Wycklond Close, Stotfold, to flood and on-call Firefighters from Shefford and Potton Community Fire Stations used Aqua Sacs to protect homes.

During the evening Fire Control staff gave advice to dozens of people concerned about the risk of flooding to their properties in Stotfold, Ampthill, Cranfield, Barton-le-Clay, Lower Stondon and Lidlington.

Lightning near Luton Credit: Henry Moody

We received over forty calls from the public and tackled some potentially serious flooding in Stotfold and Ampthill. There was a serious lightning strike in Flitwick which injured one person and left a street with damage to their electricity supply.

– Group Commander Darren Cook

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