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Flood warnings issued in West Midlands

  • 9-24-2012

Fire crews have pumped water out of a school and rescued two horses after flooding in the West Midlands.

Five flood warnings have been issued by the Environment Agency (EA) in the West Midlands following heavy rain.

Warnings have been issued for the River Tame at Witton and Salford Park, and the River Tame at Water Orton as well as the River Rea at Stirchley.

A warning is also in place on the River Rea at Edgbaston.

The EA said the level of the Rea was rising rapidly in the Selly Park area following "torrential rain".

West Midlands Fire Service said it had been called out to a handful of incidents.

A spokeswoman from the service said crews had been pumping water at Perryfields High School in Oldbury as there was a danger to the electricity supply.

Two horses in West Bromwich and a few cars have also been rescued after getting stuck in flood water, she said.

The EA website said there were alerts for roads between Horseley Heath and Castle Vale near the River Tame and Bescot near the Ford Brook.

Roads between Longbridge and Nechells near the River Rea and between Majors Green and Coleshill near the River Cole were also at risk of flooding, the agency said.

In speedway, a play-off semi-final first leg between Birmingham and Swindon on Monday has been postponed because of bad weather.

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