Widespread flooding across Comet Country

TORRENTIAL overnight rain has flooded roads and houses in the earlier hours of this morning (Thursday).

Householders in Hitchin, Letchworth GC and Stotfold were all affected with some properties taking up to 2ft of water.

The first call for assistance from fire and rescue services was at 1.52am in Broadwater Dale in Letchworth GC which saw up to two feet of water build up in a property.

This was redirected with a lightweight pump.

A storm drain, in Norton Common also in the garden city, overflowed spilling raw sewage across grass, paths, neighbouring gardens and down into Pix Brook.


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The A505 near the Letchworth Gate has also been flooded with a police warning sign placed at the scene.

Cambridge Road in Hitchin was badly affected with one resident’s house taking up to two feet of water and raw sewage.

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Fire and Rescue services attended at 2.05am but were unable to stop the flow of water.

The Nat West branch in the town is closed today after the last night’s downpour.

Hitchin was quite badly hit with residents in Nightingale Road retaining up to 15cm of water with fire and recue personnel having to isolate electrics.

A nearby underground car park, in Kings Road, was also flooded with fire fighters having to pump out the rainwater.

Householders in Stotfold were also struck with Brook Street and Coppice Mead under roughly one foot of water after a nearby brook became blocked, a team from Shefford fire station attended the scene at 4.30am and provided sandbags.

The water eventually subsided at 7am.

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