Flash flooding caused issues on local roads this morning (Tuesday 24th September) as Tropical Storm Umberto drenched south Birmingham with heavy rainfall.

Longbridge was hit particularly hard with Longbridge Lane becoming impassable by Sainsbury’s after the park in the town centre – designed to flood and hold back water when river levels are high on the Rea – overflowed.

A spokesperson from St. Modwen, said: “Longbridge Lane and parts of Longbridge Town Centre are experiencing severe flooding due to the recent heavy rainfall. We are working closely with our engineers and the Environment Agency to monitor the situation and to ensure the safety of those in and around the town centre. Longbridge Lane is closed due to flooding between Longbridge Train Station and Bournville College.

“Further rain is forecast for today (24 September) and we will continue to monitor its impact on the town centre. We urge visitors and residents to take care whilst moving around Longbridge Town Centre, and to avoid Longbridge Lane until flooding subsides.”

4×4 washed downstream at ford

Click to enlarge | Photo A. Jonczyk

Three people had a lucky escape when the 4×4 they were travelling in was washed downstream in fast flowing water at the ford on The Mill Walk in Northfield.

The three occupants managed to climb onto the roof of the vehicle and were rescued by West Midlands Fire Service – including technical rescue – and West Midlands Ambulance Service’s Hazardous Area Response Team.

Thankfully, no injuries were reported.

Weather warning

A Met Office issued yellow weather warning for rain remains until 10pm tonight.

The Environment Agency issued a Flood Alert for the River Rea for today. View updates

Updates (newest first)


  1. St. Modwen, yet again have lived up to their reputation of being short-sighted useless Muppets!

    Ever since they developed “Longbridge Town” it has been dogged with quite appalling traffic management, predictable retail, and now this!

    They couldn’t organise a pi55 up in a brewery!


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