Floods force Saffron Walden County High School to shut after overnight storm

PUBLISHED: 09:57 19 July 2017 | UPDATED: 11:47 19 July 2017

Saffron Walden County High School. Picture: SaffronPhoto

Saffron Walden County High School. Picture: SaffronPhoto

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Saffron Walden County High School has been forced to close today, after last night's storm flooded the site.

Lighting during the storm overnight on July 18. Picture: CELIA BARTLETTLighting during the storm overnight on July 18. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT

Flooring at the site has been damaged by the water, with the drying process starting today.

The school has also had to postpone its sports day, but head teacher Caroline Derbyshire says she hopes things will return to normal tomorrow.

In a statement, she said: “County High has had to postpone sports day and close the school while the impact of the severe flash floods overnight are managed and damage is assessed.

“We will begin the drying out process today and are confident that we will be back in operation tomorrow.

Stormy skies above Saffron Walden last night. Picture: LOUISE COFFEYStormy skies above Saffron Walden last night. Picture: LOUISE COFFEY

“Our resident site manager, Nick Lee, worked throughout the night to keep the site as protected as possible and a large number of staff have been in this morning to help out, but there is some damage to flooring, unfortunately, that we will need to have replaced.

“Closing the school is never a decision that I want to make, but on this occasion it was necessary.

“We will reschedule sports day tomorrow so that we end the term in style.”

The storm hit the UK in the early hours of this morning, with the Met Office issuing a yellow weather warning for the East of England.

More rain is expected up to 10pm tonight.

It is expected that downpours associated with the storm will see more than 30mm of rain in an hour in some places, or more than 50mm in two or three hours.

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