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Last Updated: Monday, 25 June 2007, 20:40 GMT 21:40 UK
Flooding closes schools and roads
Minster School in Southwell flooded
Floods closed the Minster School in Southwell
Residents in several Nottinghamshire villages have been battling floods for the second time in four days after a night and day of torrential rain.

Roads and schools were closed in Lambley, Woodborough and Burton Joyce after flooding in the area.

In Lowdham, about 300 homes were affected by the torrential rain and some residents had to be rescued.

Four emergency rest shelters were open in Nottinghamshire on Monday evening to help those affected.

Emergency shelters

The emergency shelters are at the Grove Leisure Centre in Balderton, the Dukeries Leisure Centre in Ollerton, the Bingham Leisure Centre and the Retford Leisure Centre.

The county's emergency planning manager, Sue Storey, said: "Across the Newark and Sherwood areas we understand that there's over 700 properties that have been flooded and out of the 82 parish communities, 77 of them have been affected by flooding."

Kevin Bolton, the Environment Agency's regional co-ordinator for Nottinghamshire said the flooding had mostly been caused by surface water running off land in the affected villages.

He said: "We've had about 40mm (one-and-a-half inches) of rain in 24 hours, compared with the 60mm we usually have for the whole of June."

Exams cancelled

In Mansfield, parts of the A60 were under several feet of water and some businesses were forced to close.

In Warsop, the River Meden broke its banks putting some businesses and homes in danger of flooding.

The villages of Hallam, Thurgarton and North Leverton were closed to traffic as a result of the flooding and the A620 at Welham was closed.

Homes were also affected in Southwell and the Minster School was forced to close.

Head teacher Phil Blinston said this forced the cancellation of some exams.


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