SLIDESHOW: Floods in Kenilworth after torrential rain

Kenilworth was blighted by floods this weekend after a sustained period of torrential rain caused Finham Brook to burst its banks.

Abbey Fields and Odibourne Allotments near School Lane both saw flooding, and water levels at the ford were almost two and a half feet high, which caught some drivers out including the driver of a vehicle recovery truck.

A 4x4 helping a recovery vehicle through the ford. Photos courtesy of Stuart Insall

A 4x4 helping a recovery vehicle through the ford. Photos courtesy of Stuart Insall

The newly-installed warning signs indicating when the ford is in flood did not deter all drivers from trying to navigate the floodwater.

The outer signs, located in Warwick Road and Beehive Hill, forewarn drivers when the ford’s water levels are high and activate when the water depth is above 100mm. The signs also have diverting symbols indicating a route for drivers can take to avoid the ford.

The innermost signs, which simply display ‘Ford Impassable’, activate even if there is only a small amount of water on the road.

Warwickshire County Council engineers said they set up the warning system to err on the side of caution.