Stevenage house struck by lightning following widespread flooding

Lightning striking in Stevenage. Picture submitted by Brad Curtis, Friday, September 19, 2014

Lightning striking in Stevenage. Picture submitted by Brad Curtis, Friday, September 19, 2014 - Credit: Archant

A house in Stevenage was struck by lightning at the weekend following heavy rainfall which flooded many areas across the town.

Paul Cherry has praised highways workers for their response to flooding in Whomerley Road, Stevenage

Paul Cherry has praised highways workers for their response to flooding in Whomerley Road, Stevenage - Credit: Archant

Paul Cherry was asleep at his home in Whomerley Road with his wife Kim and two teenage children when the bolt struck his house at about 5.45am on Saturday, causing a plug socket to be blown off the wall.

“There was a big bang and I thought ‘that was close’ – it turns out it was in the bedroom,” said the 46-year-old, who was left without hot water, heating and electricity as a result.

Flooding at The Hyde in Stevenage on Friday. Picture by @LJWall89 via Twitter.

Flooding at The Hyde in Stevenage on Friday. Picture by @LJWall89 via Twitter. - Credit: Archant

“There was smoke in the room and a smell of burning, with a socket blown to pieces.”

Staff from highways contractor Ringway, working on behalf of Herts County Council, had already been called to the road the day before to deal with flooding and had to return on Saturday night – with a number of similar incidents reported across the town.

An underpass between Derby Way and Mildmay Road flooded following heavy rain on Friday afternoon. Cr

An underpass between Derby Way and Mildmay Road flooded following heavy rain on Friday afternoon. Credit: Daniel White - Credit: Archant

Mr Cherry added: “The fire brigade came straight out after the lightning strike and they were all absolute diamonds. The same can be said for the council as they came out twice to bail water and couldn’t do enough for us but the insurance company has let us down.

“They said we couldn’t claim as it was an ‘act of God’ so my message to everyone is always read the small print.”

Flooding in Whomerley Road, Stevenage.

Flooding in Whomerley Road, Stevenage. - Credit: Archant

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