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The scene outside Anne Hathaway's Cottage on Shottery this morning where two cars have been abandoned in a flood caused by Shottery Brook bursting its banks. Photo: Mark Williamson
The scene outside Anne Hathaway's Cottage on Shottery this morning where two cars have been abandoned in a flood caused by Shottery Brook bursting its banks. Photo: Mark Williamson

THIRTEEN schools in south Warwickshire have been forced to close after heavy rain overnight cut off several villages.

Schools closed are Acorns Primary in Long Compton, Brailes, Great Alne, Henley Primary and Henley High, Loxley, Moreton Morrell, Newbold and Tredington, Snitterfield, Temple Herdewyke, The Dassett in Fenny Compton, Wilmcote and Wolverton. (Listed updated at 12.15pm).

Others have invited parents to collect their children early if they wish.

The rain has also caused chaos on the roads.

Reports have come in this morning of standing water along the length of Banbury Road, on the Stratford to Wellesbourne road near to Charlecote, in the centre of Shottery and a housing site in Alderminster.

There have been long delays on the A46 up to Longbridge Island as a result of standing water and a collision. It was closed for a short time.

The M40 has also been running slow, and at a standstill at time, between Stratford and Warwick. There have been long delays around Bidford and on the road between Henley and Warwick.

There are delays on 182 Johnson's bus service as the police have closed the road towards Rowney Green.

On the trains, signalling problems in Hatton are causing delays to trains between Leamington Spa and Stratford-upon-Avon.

Police, fire and ambulance chiefs have all issued warnings for motorists to drive extra carefully.

A spokeswoman for Warwickshire Police said: "We are warning drivers to not put themselves and others at risk by driving through floodwater during the bad weather we are currently experiencing.

"Several roads and fords across policing areas are currently flooded and a number of road closures are in place, but there are still some drivers attempting to drive through floodwater and getting stuck."



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