Hertfordshire was hit by a severe thunderstorm yesterday afternoon (Tuesday), with the heavy downpour leaving cars stranded and homes flooded.

In Stevenage, flooded roads included Fairlands Way, St George's Way, Eastbourne Avenue, London Road and Martins Way, causing traffic congestion.

The Comet: Eastbourne Avenue in StevenageEastbourne Avenue in Stevenage (Image: Jeff Bullock)

Hertfordshire police said they had experienced "a high volume of 999 emergency calls involving cars being stuck in flooded roads following the downpour", and encouraged drivers "not to try and drive through large flooded areas or roads".

The Comet: London Road in StevenageLondon Road in Stevenage (Image: Peter Chisholm)

A spokesperson warned: "We need to be able to respond to emergencies and will not be able to rescue drivers from their vehicles."


Some residents in Stevenage have reported flooded homes, with water coming into one lady's living room due to a flooded patio, and another resident experiencing water dripping through his kitchen ceiling.

Meanwhile, good-humoured Stevenage resident Matthew Gardner was captured on camera sitting at the side of London Road, by Toby Carvery, with a fishing road and a pint.