Floods 730ft above sea level

Yesterday’s heavy rains caused flooding to one of the Black Country’s highest points.

dzg_castle_reflection   A section of the 11th century Dudley Castle’s courtyard, at the heart of Dudley Zoological Gardens, remained under water for most of the day as torrential rains lashed the 40-acre site.   CEO Peter Suddock said: “The rains were particularly heavy late morning and flash flooding cut off a section of the courtyard where staff were working on Santa’s Grotto, creating a small lake.   “Maintenance staff managed to clear the area and diverted the water into the moat drains by the sealion pools, which took a couple of hours, but we’ve had so much rain throughout recent months that it simply couldn’t drain away naturally.”   He added: “It’s time to worry when you get flooding at 730ft above sea level but, thankfully, it’s now all been cleared and the rest of the site was unaffected.”  

CAPTION: Rain stops play as flooding covers a section of 11th century Dudley Castle’s courtyard at the heart of Dudley Zoological Gardens.