An abattoir was flooded following a period of heavy rain. The water rose up through the surface water drainage system and flowed into the basement (abattoir and hide facilities) and the crawl space (new building). It did not flood the cutting and storage facilities, but it did reach the area in front of the unloading bays. The wastewater treatment plant was flooded as well, making any discharge impossible.
The basement and crawl space were pumped out. The ground leading to the bays was cleaned up. The resulting disruptions to the abattoir’s operations were logistical in nature. Access to the abattoir by employees and hauliers was complicated by the closed approach roads (D43, D377, D177).