Flooding at Dudley Castle

Flooding at Dudley Castle

Flooding at Dudley Castle

First published in Local

AS the recent heavy rain and wind battered the borough, even one of the borough's highest points couldn't escape unscathed.

A section of the 11th century Dudley Castle’s courtyard - 730 ft above sea level - remained underwater for most of the day yesterday as torrential rain lashed down on Dudley Zoo.

Chief executive Peter Suddock said: “The rains were particularly heavy late morning and flash flooding cut off a section of the courtyard where staff were working on Santa's Grotto, creating a small lake.

"Maintenance staff managed to clear the area and diverted the water into the moat drains by the sealion pools, which took a couple of hours, but we've had so much rain throughout recent months that it simply couldn't drain away naturally."

He added: "It's time to worry when you get flooding at 730ft above sea level but, thankfully, it's now all been cleared and the rest of the site was unaffected."

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