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Trapped workers home after flood
A woman trapped in her car
This woman was stuck near the flooded factory in Sutton Coldfield
Workers trapped in a factory after the ground floor was flooded when a river burst its banks have been rescued.

About 100 people were stuck in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, on Friday after the nearby River Tame flooded and levels reached 6ft deep in places.

West Midlands Fire Service rescued some workers but about 40 stayed until the water receded and arranged for trailers and tractors to reach them.

The fire service received 300 calls within two hours on Friday afternoon.

A spokesman said in a normal 24 hour period, they receive an average of 250 calls but between midnight on Friday and midnight Saturday they had 768 calls and had to prioritise incidents.

The volume of rain was amazing, it just went on and on and the drains and so on couldn't cope
West Midlands Fire Service

On average, 65mm of rain fall in the West Midlands each month but, a month's worth of rain fell in just six hours on Friday.

Firefighters were called out to Kingswinford in the Black Country on Friday evening after reports of houses being flooded in Fellows Avenue.

A major pumping operation was set up and homes evacuated after a culvert burst.

In Birmingham an 11-year-old boy fell into fast-moving water when part of the Belgrave Middleway was flooded.

Crews were stood down when it emerged he managed to get to safety himself.

A major clear-up operation has started in Aston after about 200 houses were flooded in Aston, Birmingham, again due to the River Tame bursting its banks.

Brookvale Road, Birmingham
A reader sent in this picture of flooding in Aston

There were also several reports of tornados across the area, with fire crews being called to Cradley Road, Cradley Heath, where tiles had been dislodged from roofs.

A fire service spokesman said: "We don't know if it definitely was a tornado but it was certainly something and there is a bit of damage."

No-one was injured or required medical assistance during the flooding at the WH Smith & Son Tools Ltd factory in Sutton Coldfield.

"The volume of rain was amazing, it just went on and on and the drains and so on couldn't cope," a fire service spokesman said.

Workers trapped as river floods
15 Jun 07 |  West Midlands

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