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Cambridgeshire was left reeling today after a heavy thunderstorms left a trail of damage across the county.

Cambridge suffers flood damage and there is more to come say the Met Office
Cambridge suffers flood damage and there is more to come say the Met Office

Among those to suffer was a tiling company in Bar Hill and the sports centre at Impington as torrential rain hit the city and its surrounds.

All this followed on from a lightning strike at Hardwick Primary School which caused minor damage to the roof, and spread some debris across the playground last week.

Damage at Hardwick School (40697309)
Damage at Hardwick School (40697309)

The Impington sports centre was particularly badly hit with damage to the fitness centre and conference room.

The centre's commercial manager Rebecca Roberts said: "Following the torrential downpour yesterday afternoon, (Sunday), the fitness suite area of the sports centre has unfortunately experienced considerable water damage and is currently closed to members.

Another view of the damage from a lightning strike at Hardwick (40697460)
Another view of the damage from a lightning strike at Hardwick (40697460)

We are assessing the extent of the damage today along with reopening timescales however in order to minimise the disruption to our members, we in the process of relocating the gym equipment to alternative areas of the centre and extending our class programme. On a positive note, the pool area remained unaffected and has successfully reopened today after a five-month closure."

At CTD Tiles in Bar Hill the rain damaged parts of the roof which required a major mopping up operation involving hoovers to suck up the water which also caused damaged to some showrooms. The shop remains open.

And there could be more on the way with the Met Office issuing a yellow weather warning for the county, which involves heavy showers and thunderstorms that may lead to some flooding or travel disruption.

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