Heavy rain and winds cause huge disruption across Leicestershire

Leicestershire has been hit by heavy rain and winds overnight, with the miserable weather set to continue.

The Met Office had issued a yellow weather warning from midday on Monday to midnight tonight – and the prediction has come true.

The heavy rain and winds is causing disruption across the county, with falling trees and flooding on roads.

Station Road in Thurnby blocked by a tree and debris

Some of the latest incidents include:

  • A fallen tree is blocking Station Road in Thurnby
  • St Augustine Road, near the Holiday Inn in the city centre is flooded
  • A tree has fallen into a building in Hinckley Road, Leicester, posing a severe risk for pedestrians
  • Hospital Lane in Blaby is partially blocked by a tree
  • There is only one lane open on the A50 running citybound near Bradgate Hill due to a fallen tree
  • Several stretches of the A47 between Earl Shilton and Leicester Forest East pose tricky driving conditions due to standing water

The Environment Agency has issued a warning about further rainfall saying “Further heavy rainfall is forecast over the next 48 hours. We expect river levels to remain high through today.”

“We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are patrolling watercourses in the area. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses.”

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