After yesterday's floods warning more rain is due
NOTTS is being warned to expect more heavy rain after a deluge yesterday trapped one pensioner in her home and closed roads and schools.
The 24-hour downpour swept over the county from Wednesday afternoon and caused streams to burst their banks.
Roads were flooded in Woodborough, Lambley and Lowdham, with people keeping the water at bay with sandbags.
In Arnold pensioner Margaret Butterworth's house in Coppice Road was surrounded by about a foot of water.
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The rainwater crept up in her front and back gardens, bubbling up into the bowl of her only toilet downstairs, meaning she could not use it.
Mrs Butterworth, 80, said: "It happens every time it rains like this, I think because the house is in a bit of a dip.
"Every time it rains now I really dread it.
"I've got sandbags all round and my nephew came this morning to help. It makes me feel horrible.
"I can't use the toilet and I can't get my coke out of the store for the fire so someone has to do it for me.
"It was terrible this morning. It was like a river. If it stops raining for two hours it could be gone completely gone."
She called out her landlord, Gedling Homes.
Jason Cannon, head of investment and responsive maintenance at Gedling Homes, said: "We've visited the property today and we're looking at what we can do to stop the water from the running into the garden.
"The water is running off a nearby field owned by Gedling Borough Council, so we'll be working with them to help avoid this issue in the future."
In Woodborough, flood group co-ordinator Sue Walker was called out at 5.30am as levels rose in Main Street.
She said: "We've got a fantastic emergency team and the barriers and sandbags always go up quickly.
"The community gets together before it even kicks off.
"The water comes over the bank at the side of the road when it rains like this."
No homes were thought to have been flooded in the village.
In Lambley, flood warden Lawrence Milbourn also said he did not think any homes had been flooded but Main Street was closed by three feet of water.
He said: "Looking at the forecast I expect it will clear but it is due to rain again tomorrow so we could have a few days of it.
"Gedling Borough Council responded have been brilliant and responded very quickly."
Lambley Primary School was closed yesterday because of the flooding.
As of last night Main Street in Upton, Goosedale Lane and Moor Road in Bestwood, Brackenhurst Lane and Halam Road in Southwell, and Nabbs Lane in Hucknall had all also been closed by Notts County Council because of flooding.
Trent Barton also reported it was diverting its 141 service last night because of flooding in Bestwood Village.
The Met Office has a "be aware" yellow weather warning in place for the county and says the rain is likely to continue into the middle of Thursday afternoon.
Environment Agency Flood alerts, meaning flooding is possible, were last night in place for the River Leen including Day Brook, and for tributaries of the Trent including the River Greet, Potwell Dyke, Carr Dyke, Dover Beck, Cocker Beck, Thurgarton Beck, Fairham Brook and others.
According to the Met Office, today is expected to be drier in Notts but the rain and yellow warnings for rainfall will return tomorrow and Sunday.