Commuters faced Monday morning mayhem as they attempted to get to work, school and college today.
According to the Birmingham Mail: “More than 42mm of rain fell in Birmingham in the 24 hours up to 11am – two-thirds the average rainfall for the whole of September – according to the Met Office.”
With heavy rain still falling, London Midland Cross City line trains were brought to a stand still for several hours when power lines were damaged at Selly Oak. With no trains running between Redditch, Longbridge and New Street, people took to their cars and to buses. Buses were reported to be extremely busy.
Flash flooding on the roads led to traffic delays and, as the rush hour progressed, more flooding and burst mains in Selly Oak held up traffic even further. One B31 Voices facebook follower reported that it took her two hours to get from Northfield to the city centre by bus.
The top stretch of Longbridge Lane remained, and still remains, closed after a number of accidents over the weekend. Police and council (Amey) inspectors were forced to close it to all traffic yesterday afternoon. [Still awaiting update on plans for action / reopening]
Further chaos ensued when there was an accident involving 5 cars near the junction of Turves Green and Longbridge Lane at 7.30am. A 44 year old woman was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving when her car crashed into 4 parked vehicles, according to the Birmingham Mail. This section was closed for around 2 hours after the accident as investigators studied the scene.
At least two local slchools were closed this afternoon. Frankley Community High School closed when flooded classrooms and water in the electrics made it unsafe for pupils to stay and Bartley Green School suffered a gas leak.
Flood warnings for the River Rea from Longbridge to Stirchley have been cancelled but a warning is still in place for the river by Tally Ho in Edgbaston.
The top stretch of Longbridge Lane, between Alvechurch Road and Groveley Lane, has now been closed for over 24 hours. [UPDATE 25/9/12: will remain closed until resurfacing works can be completed]
At 6.30pm London Midland trains announced delays of around 20 minutes on the Cross City Line, cause by further issues with overhead lines at Selly Oak.