Hail and flooding hit Spalding as summer weather turns violent

Hail and torrential rain affect play at Royal Mail Cart Bowls Club, Spalding. Picture by Judy Dolman.
Hail and torrential rain affect play at Royal Mail Cart Bowls Club, Spalding. Picture by Judy Dolman.
  • Electrics at pet shop ‘knocked out’ after fierce storm in town
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Spalding bore the brunt of torrential rain, thunderstorms and lightning on Saturday, the second bout of violent weather to hit the town in three days

Roads were flooded, gardens drenched and a Spalding pet shop had its electricity supply cut out by the storm, which started at about 3pm.

The only person who needed calming down was me after seeing smoke coming out of the electrical equipment, but the building is intact

Jason Rooke, owner of Rooke’s Pet Products, Spalding

Rooke’s Pet Products in High Street, Spalding, was forced to close early on Saturday when lightning ‘knocked out’ the shop’s electrical systems and equipment.

Business owner Jason Rooke said: “We had a massive electricity surge when the lightning struck and we think it might have hit one of the electric heaters. Then it knocked out all the electrical systems for about four or five hours and caused damage to the main distribution cabinet.

“There was a bit of electrical damage to our printing equipment, lighting and electrical circuits which meant that we had to run on our back-up battery system for a little while.

“Luckily, there was no building damage and no one was hurt.

“In fact, the only person who needed calming down was me after seeing smoke coming out of the electrical equipment.

“But the building is intact and we would like to apologise to any customers who were turned away on Saturday.

“We’d also like to thank everyone for their support after one of those situations that we just weren’t ready for.”

Elsewhere in Spalding, shoppers were caught out by flash floods similar to those seen last Thursday when homes were flooded and at least one horticultural employer sent its workers home.

Dramatic videos of cars driving through inches of water near Spalding Bus Station in Winfrey Avenue were posted on social media, as were photographs of flooded roads in Chestnut Avenue.

Among those caught in the downpour was South Holland District Council member Coun Gary Taylor who said: “There were so many flooded roads and gardens for a brief period, including Rembrandt Way and Woolram Wygate where I saw firefighters pumping water away from an area close to Spalding Primary School.

“There was a dramatic video on Facebook of the Chestnut Avenue area where a mate was driving a car through water which looked like a river.

“I’m not surprised as there were two major thunderstorms for about an hour so drains clearly couldn’t cope with that amount of rainfall.

“I don’t think it was expected as it was warm, bright and sunny.

“But then, within minutes, the sky was black and the storm was on top of us before, by early evening, it had brightened up again.“

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