Flooding still affecting services and transport around Stevenage and Letchworth
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Last night’s storm flooded several roads around Stevenage and is still affecting several services in the town, as well as in Letchworth.
Stevenage Borough Council confirmed that the town’s museum in St George’s Way and the Stevenage Golf and Conference Centre are both shut.
A spokesman said they are currently inundated with calls about the floods and would ask people to only get in touch if they have a genuine emergency.
The emergency services received hundreds of calls about the flooding including in St George’s Way near to the car park and swimming pool, London Road, Coreys Mill near to Junction 8 near Stevenage of A1(M), Old Knebworth Lane, Broadhall Way and Martins Way.
Some of these roads and underpasses remain flooded and Herts Highways are currently working to clear them.
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Lister Hospital also became flooded during the night, but patient care was not affected.
Nick Carver, chief executive of the East and North Herts NHS Trust which runs the Coreys Mill Lane hospital, said: “Following a series of exceptionally heavy thunderstorms that appear to have struck the Stevenage area with particular severity overnight, several areas of the Lister were affected by varying degrees of flooding.
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“It was really heartening to see how all the staff on duty, supported by the NHS trust’s estates team and our cleaning colleagues at G4S, worked together to ensure that patient care was not affected. Today the Lister is working largely normally again.
“On behalf of the NHS trust, I would like to thank everyone – including those who came in when asked to do so to help – who last night turned a potentially very difficult situation in to one where problems got sorted and patient care carried on as normal.
“Through everyone’s combined efforts, this was a great example of how our staff work to put their patients first.”
The storms have affected the outdoor swimming pool in Letchworth and the paddling pool at Howard Park and Gardens, which is expected to remain closed all weekend. The play area at the park has also been temporarily closed.
A spokesman for North Herts District Council said: “As a result of the heavy rainfall last night, a vast amount of water forced its way into the sewage drainage systems surrounding Pix Brook in Norton Common, Letchworth and has caused a flood. Howard Park and Gardens have also been affected by the flooding.
“The areas affected include the site of Letchworth Outdoor Pool and the paddling pool in Howard Park and Gardens. In order to clean and disinfect the areas the outdoor pool will be closed until later this morning and we expect the paddling pool in Howard Park and Gardens will remain closed throughout the weekend.
“We apologise for any inconvenience caused and hope that users will appreciate the need to ensure that the facilities are safe to use.”
For more visit www.north-herts.gov.uk, tweet @NorthHertsDC or call the council’s customer services centre on 01462 474000.
There are also delays on the trains from Stevenage after flooding on the Great Northern line.
UPDATE 11.50am: Old Knebworth Lane and London Road in Stevenage have both reopened.
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