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Summary

  1. Flash flooding causes major disruption
  2. Hospitals among buildings deluged with water
  3. Wolverhampton's Wulfrun Centre flooded
  4. Emergency services receive hundreds of call-outs
  5. Updates on Wednesday 8 June 2016

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Latest weather for the West Midlands
Dan Christian

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Our updates from across Wednesday

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Thanks to everyone who shared their photos with us.

We'll be back with the latest updates from 08:00 on Thursday morning bringing you news from across Birmingham and the Black Country.

If you'd like to share any of your flooding photos with us between now and then, email ustweet us or reach us on the BBC WM Facebook page.  

Listen live to BBC WM for the latest updates and watch Midlands Today.

Collapsing walls among fire service call-outs

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

It's been a busy afternoon for emergency crews after flash flooding across the region.

West Midlands Fire Service has pulled together a rundown of some of the calls it's received over the past five hours.

- One woman "rescued from floating car"

- Collapsed walls (pictured)

- Flooding at hospitals

- Drivers stuck in vehicles

Collapsed wall in West Bromwich
West Midlands Fire Service

Sandwell Hospital lift shafts flooded

Three fire crews are at Sandwell Hospital after six of its lift shafts flooded.

The fire service said it received a 999 call at about 17:00 reporting flood water coming into the building.

An estimated 20,000 litres of water are thought to have entered the building and crews are expected to remain at the hospital into this evening.

The hospital says some patient areas have been evacuated so they can be assessed and cleaned.

We would like to thank everyone for their understanding whilst we deal with the situation and applaud our staff for their swift response in maintaining service under challenging circumstances

Rachel BarlowSandwell Hospital chief operating officer

Flooding round-up: People stranded; roads ruptured; hospital among flooded buildings

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

I've just spoken to the duty station commander at West Midlands Fire Service, who says crews have been extremely busy since heavy rainfall at 16:30 this afternoon.

Call-outs have included:

- People stranded in cars

- Reports of roads rupturing

- Flooded properties

- Two crews are also at Birmingham's City Hospital, after a burst pipe leaked into the maternity unit.

Emergency services set up incident centre after hundreds of 999 calls

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

West Midlands Police has received nearly 1,000 999 calls since 16:00, when the heavy rainfall started across Birmingham and the Black Country.

A spokesman for the fire service says they received more than 400 calls in the space of three hours.

An incident room has been set up by West Midlands Fire Service to keep across the situation in the region, as crews attempt to remove water from properties.

West Midlands fire service incident tea,
West Midlands Fire Service

Wulfrun Centre flooded in torrential downpoar

Caroline Gall

BBC News Online

Wolverhampton's Wulfrun Centre is clearing up this evening after being partially flooded during the earlier downpour.

The shopping centre was shut at 16:30 after water came into the main entrance and through roof vents.

The Wulfrun Centre
BBC

Colin Quinton, centre manager, said drains outside could not cope with the volume of water. 

The roof vents, which operate on a sensor, could not close quickly enough to stop the rain coming in.

The centre will open tomorrow at 09:00 as normal, he added.

Photo: Turnberry Road flooding in Great Barr

@ShadowTaizer shares another photo with us showing significant flooding on Turnberry Road in Great Barr.

Significant flooding on Turnberry Road in Great Barr.
ShadowTaizer

Road damaged by water in Handsworth

We've been sent this video of the tarmac being ripped up by flood water on Junction Road, in Handsworth.

The video appears to show a lifted manhole cover and damage to the road.

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Fire crews receive more than 400 calls as storm hits Midlands

Birmingham Mail

Scores of roads were flooded, homes are deluged, cars trapped in water and disruption on the major travel services.

Woman rescued from 'floating' car

One woman has been rescued from her "floating" car after flash flooding in Smethwick.

West Midlands Fire Service says 13 houses have been affected on Middlemore Road.

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Maternity unit at City Hospital floods

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Firefighters are at Birmingham's City Hospital after flash flooding in its delivery ward.

A spokesman for the fire service tells me they were called to Dudley Road after flooding and a number of crews are at the scene. 

It's not yet known if patients are affected.

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'Rain like many of us haven't seen in careers'

Warning over driving through water

Heavy rain 'fading away' in Birmingham

BBC Weather

BBC Weather says the heavy rain and thunderstorms are beginning to clear.

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400 emergency calls received by fire service

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Staffordshire and West Midlands Fire control unit says it's received more than 400 999-calls following flash flooding in the region.

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Buses delayed between 60 and 90 minutes

Buses in the West Midlands will see delays of between 60 and 90 minutes due to flash flooding.

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School closure due to serious flood damage

Holyhead School, in Handsworth, Birmingham, says it will be closed tomorrow to all students, except Years 11, 12 and 13.  

It says examinations and lessons will continue as normal for these students and the closure is due to serious flood damage.

Great Barr flash flooding

Great Barr has been severely affected by flash flooding this afternoon as heavy showers started at about 16:00.

Shadow Taizer tweeted this photo of Hamstead Road where firefighters are trying to help residents affected by flooding.

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Great Barr flash flooding

Sutton Coldfield Fire Service tweets this photo of flash flooding in Great Barr.

A black car can be seen submerged on the grass. 

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Grove Lane closed in Handsworth

Grove Lane, in Handsworth, is cordoned off by police due to flood water in the road.

Fleur Tedstill, from West Midlands Police, tweeted this photo as officers are at the scene stopping drivers from passing through the area.

Grove Lane in Handsworth closed
West Midlands Police

Schools to shut tomorrow due to floods

Photos: Fire crews dealing with multiple call-outs

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Heavy downpours have brought flash flooding to parts of the West Midlands this evening, with roads and rail lines blocked. 

In the past half an hour, West Midlands Fire Service says it's dealt with more than 20 weather-related call-outs.

Ladywood and West Bromwich crews tweeted these photos.

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Photo: Significant flooding in Great Barr

This photo shows significant flooding on Cardington Avenue, in Great Barr.

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Watch: Flash flooding underneath bridge

Mary Rhodes

Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

West Midlands Fire Service is dealing with at least 14 flash flooding related incidents in the Birmingham and Black country area. 

Mark Masterson took this video in West Bromwich a little while ago. He tells us the water is now more than 3ft deep and several cars have got stuck. 

And I feel for one of our reporters, who got a little too close to standing water on the Hagley Road in Birmingham.

Stourbridge railway line closed due to flooding

The railway line to Stourbridge is blocked, reports London Midland.

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Network West Midlands services disrupted

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Network West Midlands warns commuters to check before they travel, after flash flooding affected a number of services across Birmingham and the Black Country

More details on disruption can be found here.

Watch: Dangers of filming in rain

BBC Midlands Today

BBC Midlands Today reporter Tom Turrell just got a soaking as he filmed in Birmingham a short while ago.

Flash flooding in Birmingham
BBC

Tame Bridge Parkway flooded

Tame Bridge Parkway in Sandwell is closed due to flooding.

Services towards Walsall are terminating at Perry Barr. 

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Video: Manhole cover pushed open due to flooding

Gem filmed this footage of heavy rain on Bilston Road, Wolverhampton.

The video shows a manhole cover being pushed above the road surface due to a large amount of water. The video was filmed at about 16:40.

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Police receive 'multiple' 999 flash flood calls

Police say they've had a number of 999 calls reporting flooding in Wolverhampton, Sandwell, Handworth and Edgbaston

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Photos: 'Ferry service from Wolverhampton' after flash flooding

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Platform one at Wolverhampton railway station is closed due to flooding.

The entrance outside appears to be no better. Mr Companeros took this photo at about 16:30:

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Flash flooding causes severe delays on the roads

BBC Travel

- One lane is closed on the M5 northbound between J2, A4123 (Oldbury) and J1, A41 (West Bromwich), because of flooding. Congestion to J3, A456 (Halesowen).

- Two lanes closed and very slow traffic on M5 southbound between J1, A41 (West Bromwich) and J2, A4123 (Oldbury), because of flooding. Congestion to M6 J8.

- Heavier than usual traffic on M6 northbound between J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway and J8 M5.

For a more detailed look on the roads visit BBC Travel.

Wulfrun Centre evacuated after roof leak

Corinne Wheatley

BBC WM, Journalist

The Wulfrun Shopping Centre, in Wolverhampton, has been evacuated due to rainwater coming in through the roof.

One woman told us she saw lots of water coming in.

Natalie Dean took this photo of the centre inside before she left

Wulfrun Shopping Centre affected by rain
Natalie Dean

We've been unable to get hold of shopping centre for a comment.

Flooding on Russell Road in Edgbaston

After heavy rainfall in the West Midlands in the past hour, a number of roads are flooded.

This pic was taken on Russell Road, in Edgbaston.

Police are warning drivers to proceed with caution and drive carefully.

Russell Road in Edgbaston
BBC

Photos: Wednesfield Road flooding

Dicky Dodd shared this photo of flash flooding on Wednesfield Road in Wolverhampton.

Flash flooding on Wednesfield Road
Dicky Dodd - Signal 107