Coventry was in clean-up mode
today after experiencing the heaviest day of rainfall in the city this century.
Warwickshire Fire and Rescue services were stretched to their limit as they received
over five times the normal amount of calls between 11.00am and 11.00pm yesterday
mostly from people whose homes were flooded.
Bablake Weather Centres Steve Jackson admitted that the rainfall was unusual for
this time of year but warned people that there could be more.
"The weather is quite visibly clearing up but it will degenerate again and there
will be some more rainfall, but not to the same degree as Sunday.
"I can quite definitely say that Sunday was the wettest day of the 20th
Century in Coventry, and the amazing thing was that most of the rainfall came after
"There was actually 60.6mm of rain which is nearly three inches but what would
have caused the real problems was the speed with which it fell."
However, Jackson refused to support theories that environmental conditions were causing
weather conditions to gradually worsen over the years.
"I dont think there is anything sinister in it to be honest. If I had to
attribute the flooding problems then I would say that nearly all of them are caused by
"The ground has a huge capacity to absorb water but most of the flooding arises
when the water never makes it to the earth and goes straight into the rivers.
"But I would certainly not start panicking about what is causing this and whether
it is getting gradually worse I dont think it is."
And the weather expert told the hundreds of people who had been evacuated from their
homes that they could go back with caution.
"I dont think we are going to see anything of this severity in the near
future, but they are famous last words."
The flooding caused havoc across the region especially in Leamington and Warwick where
fire services were forced to close all three main roads into the towns, including the A46
The heavy rainfall also washed out campers at Stoneleigh's Royal Showground who were
taking part in the Bible Week at the venue. Around 300 worshipers had to be moved to local
schools when their campsite became flooded.
Fire services were on site for around five hours helping people evacuate, and the
police, water authorities and the electricity board were all called out.