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County cricket ground turned into a lake by deluge as one town pumps 225 Olympic pools’ worth of water – The Sun

RESCUE workers in a flood-hit town today pumped out enough water to fill 225 Olympic swimming pools.

But a further 2.3in (60mm) of rain is expected there — with heavy floods elsewhere submerging a county cricket ground.

 Worcestershire County Cricket Club completely submerged after heavy floods

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Worcestershire County Cricket Club completely submerged after heavy floodsCredit: SWNS:South West News Service

Up to 600 residents were evacuated after “unprecedented” downpours saw double the monthly rainfall in just three days at Wainfleet, Lincs.

RAF choppers dropped 350 tonnes of sand and ballast to shore up the River Steeping after its banks burst.

The Environment Agency also drafted in two high-volume pumps which shifted 562m litres out to sea.

Locals staying in emergency accommodation were warned it could be Friday before they can return to survey the damage to their homes.

Derek Driver, evacuated with his wife, said: “We’ve lost everything on the ground floor. We’re 75 years old, a bit disabled, so we’re very down.”

He slammed officials for not issuing a warning sooner and blamed the EA for not maintaining the river banks.

But it said: “We spend £80,000 every year maintaining the banks, but this was an extreme event.”

A beloved 20-year-old parrot died after Lincolnshire Wildlife Park in Boston was left underwater.

Fake animals including giraffes were up to their necks at a play area in Stourport-on-Severn, while swans glided through streets in Worcester.

Heavy rain which flooded the Severn also submerged Worcestershire County Cricket Club’s New Road ground and the local racecourse.

A Met Office warning for more heavy rain, lightning, hail and strong winds comes into force at 6pm on Tuesday.

 Worcestershire County Cricket Club - how it should look

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Worcestershire County Cricket Club – how it should lookCredit: Alamy
 Worcester Racecourse is under water after heavy downpours

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Worcester Racecourse is under water after heavy downpoursCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
 A giraffe in a children's play area in Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire, is up to its shoulders

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A giraffe in a children’s play area in Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire, is up to its shouldersCredit: Alamy Live News
 The River Severn has burst its banks in several places

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The River Severn has burst its banks in several placesCredit: Alamy Live News
 A flooded street in Worcester has turned into swan lake after the river burst its banks

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A flooded street in Worcester has turned into swan lake after the river burst its banksCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
 A garden submerged by floodwater in Wainfleet All Saints, Lincolnshire

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A garden submerged by floodwater in Wainfleet All Saints, LincolnshireCredit: PA:Press Association
 High-volume pumps are being used to pump flood water back into the River Steeping in Lincolnshire

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High-volume pumps are being used to pump flood water back into the River Steeping in LincolnshireCredit: PA:Press Association
 Crews pumped out enough water to fill 225 Olympic swimming pools

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Crews pumped out enough water to fill 225 Olympic swimming poolsCredit: PA:Press Association
 Streets and properties flooded in Wainfleet All Saints, Lincolnshire

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Streets and properties flooded in Wainfleet All Saints, LincolnshireCredit: PA:Press Association
 The town had more than two months of rain in just two days

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The town had more than two months of rain in just two daysCredit: PA:Press Association
 Rescue workers evacuated up to 600 residents in the flood-hit town

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Rescue workers evacuated up to 600 residents in the flood-hit townCredit: PA:Press Association
Barmy holidaymaker takes a swim in floodwater after his caravan holiday is ruined by wet weather in Skegness, Linconshire





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