[06 NOV 00]
CRIMES, FIRES & ACCIDENTS
Flood Warnings As Heavens Open Again
in Warwickshire were put on flood alert today as more heavy rain
caused several stretches of water to swell and roads to close.
worst affected area was north Warwickshire, where roads in
Grendon, Atherstone and Coleshill were closed.
there were problems across the county and in Coventry. The a45
near the Allesley by-pass was affected and Castle Road in
Kenilworth was closed as the ford flooded.
warnings were issued for the River Avon upstream of Warwick and
Rugby, the River Leam between Marton and Leamington, and the River
Stour between Shipston and Clifford Chambers.
rain is being forecast for later in the week.
Environment Agency has warned people in low-lying areas near the
affected rivers that they should consider moving property upstairs
in case the situation worsens.
bosses at Land Rover have given Warwickshire Ambulance Service
four vehicles to make sure that patients can get to urgent
hospital appointments despite the floods.
with blocked roads all over the West Midlands meant the patients
in need of regular treatment such as kidney dialysis have been at
risk of being stranded.
the plea was made by the Warwickshire ambulance service, two
Discoverys and two range Rovers were handed over at the Gaydon
service spokesman Brian Kelly said:
the adverse weather condition some of our ambulance vehicles
have not been able to get to the homes of many patients because
of the floods.
colleagues at the Hereford and Worcester Ambulance depot rang us
for help and we in turn rang Land Rover.
many cases the only way of reaching these patients is by Land