HARBOROUGH FLOODS: The clean-up begins

Harborough town centre flooded last night (Saturday, July 27) after a huge downpour (Image: Olly Jelley)
Harborough town centre flooded last night (Saturday, July 27) after a huge downpour (Image: Olly Jelley)

The clean-up has started after a huge storm and deluge of rain caused flooding to businesses and homes in Harborough town centre.

Several businesses in the town were affected, including the Harborough Mail office.

Flash flooding in Northampton Road has affected several businesses including the Mail office

Flash flooding in Northampton Road has affected several businesses including the Mail office

The storm struck at about 9.30pm, with some domestic properties also hit.

Pictures on social media showed a few inches of standing rainwater visible from St Dionysius Church in High Street all the way down to Northampton Road.

Early reports indicate that The Cancer Research UK shop and Expressions in Coventry Road flooded as well as George Halls Cycle Centre and the Mail office in Northampton Road.

The River Welland did not burst its banks and it appears that the sheer amount of rain in such a short space of time meant the town’s drains could not cope.

Flash flooding in Northampton Road has affected several businesses including the Mail office

Flash flooding in Northampton Road has affected several businesses including the Mail office

Neil Holman, from George Halls, notified other businesses about the flooding via Facebook.

He said when he arrived in Northampton Road he made an impromptu flood barrier with wheelie bins.

Mail deputy editor Alex Blackwell said: “When I arrived at the office, there was a few inches of water at the entrance and then about an inch of standing water throughout the entire ground floor. The carpet is sodden with leaves and mud everywhere. It’s an absolute mess.”

By midnight most of the water in the town’s streets had dissipated.

Story by Alex Blackwell

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