Firefighters dealt with 30 incidents in a two-hour period yesterday (May 9), as sudden and heavy thunderstorms took hold in the county.

The Met Office had issued a yellow weather warning across the East of England in advance, with forecasts of heavy showers and thunderstorms.

And they warned that this could impact on driving conditions and result in some flooding.

Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) report that they dealt with 30 weather-related incidents within a two-hour period yesterday.

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In one incident they rescued a person from water following a car accident.

In others the service was called on to deal with flooding, both inside and outside of properties.

The incidents were reported to be concentrated between Ware and Harpenden.

In a statement issued last night, Deputy Chief Fire Officer for HFRS, Andy Hopcraft said: “Since 5.30pm this afternoon Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue have received over sixty five calls, relating to spate flooding and requests for assistance.

“We attended over thirty of these incidents to assist the community of Hertfordshire with water first responders also rescuing one person from the water following a road traffic collision during the heavy rainfall.

“At this stage the rain seems to have eased and we will work with partners from the other emergency services to ensure that the public are kept safe.”

Flooding in Stevenage's London Road has now cleared, however a road closure remains in place on Martins Way.