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Flood damage closes schools after weekend washout

Two schools in Cheltenham were forced to close this morning after a torrential downpour led to flash flooding.

The storm brought chaos to the town on Sunday after intense rain flooded railway lines and blocked roads. Cheltenham Bournside School and Sixth Form Centre, and St James' Church of England primary school have been closed due to internal flooding.

Many homes were also affected, with water-logged drains unable to cope with the high levels of rainfall:

Across social media, residents were sharing images and videos of the remarkable downpour with the hashtag #SundayStorm.

Most people were completely unprepared for the weather which hit Cheltenham in the late afternoon:

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Bournside School in Cheltenham is closed due to flooding Credit: Cheltenham Bournside School and Sixth Form Centre

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