Disbelief after Alnwick flash flood

Trying to pull a van from the water in the Greenwell Lane car park.
Trying to pull a van from the water in the Greenwell Lane car park.

Shocked eyewitnesses have spoken of their disbelief after heavy rain caused havoc in Alnwick town centre this afternoon.

Bewildered bystanders looked on in amazement as cars were left stranded feet-deep in water and shops were flooded.

One onlooker said: “It is remarkable. Just unbelievable. I have never seen anything like it.”

Some of the worse-hit areas in the town included the junction between Market Street and Bondgate Within, leaving one Mini Cooper partly submerged by the water, while the bottom of Narrowgate by the iconic Hotspur statue was also flooded.

Businesses did not escape the torrent either, with water going into places such as Oscars and some of the banks and building societies.

Callum Urwin, who works at the Tourist Information Centre, was trying to brush the water out of The Shambles-based premises.

“We didn’t have time to react,” he said.

“The water was swirling and it came with such force, the door was forced open.”

The Greenwell Lane car park was also badly flooded, with many cars left trapped.

Looking on, one shocked bystander, who was visiting the town, said: “We could so easily have parked here. I’m shocked.”