Schools and roads closed after flash floods in Bedford

Sudden flooding Avon Drive. Image: Joanna Spilling-Donnaloia
Sudden flooding Avon Drive. Image: Joanna Spilling-Donnaloia

Bedfordians are being warned to take care and think before travelling after several roads have been suddenly flooded due to heavy rain across Bedford early this morning.

Full details of roads and schools closed, with videos and pictures below.

Bedford Borough council say that the flooding has been caused by “significant surface water” and given details of who to contact if you spot any issues on the roads.

A Bedford Borough Council Spokesperson said, “Unusual heavy rainfall has led to significant surface water flooding in parts of the Borough. Please be cautious and do not drive or walk through floodwaters.

“To report any issues please contact the highways helpdesk on 01234 718003 or via email

“The flooding has led to some schools closing for the day. Schools will contact parents directly if they are closing.”

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue have also said they are receiving a high number of calls about the floods in the Bedford area.

They are advising anyone concerned about their home flooding, to follow their flood preparedness advice, issued by all agencies across the county.

Bedfordians are also being reminded to only call 999 in an emergency. In a social media post, they said: “Our Fire Control room have (sic) received between 40-50 999 calls in the past hour related to significant flooding in Bedford.

“To help us help you as quickly as possible, please make sure you only call 999 if there is a significant risk to life.”

Roads closed

So far we’ve heard that the following roads are either affected by flooding or closed completely:

  • Avon Drive
  • Elstow Road
  • Dudley Street
  • Castle Road
  • Goldington Road
  • Bower Street
  • Church Lane
  • De Parys Avenue
  • Lovell Road, Oakley


Sudden floods Dudley Street. Video: Davinia Collyer
Sudden floods Bower Street. Video: James Foley

Schools closed

Some schools have also been closed and parents are being asked to check before heading to take their children to school. Currently, we are aware of the following closures:

  • Castle Newnham Primary
  • Castle Newnham Secondary
  • Goldington Academy
  • Kings Oak Primary
  • Lincroft Secondary (partial closure)
  • Mark Rutherford Secondary
  • St Thomas More Secondary

Pupils at Castle Newnham were due to break up for half term this afternoon as Friday is an inset training day for staff.

In a message to parents, Ruth Wilkes, principal of the school, said: “Unfortunately we are having to close the school today (20 October) due to severe flooding.”

Both the south site, on Goldington Road and north site on Polhill Avenue are affected. Staff will be setting work so that students can learn online.

Mark Rutherford has also announced they will now close for the day. Headteacher, Mrs Foster said: “Due to the weather this morning and what is forecast to come shortly at 10am and 1pm, we have taken the difficult decision to close for the remainder of the school day.

“Tonight’s theatre trip to London will still go ahead. However, the Information Evenings for Years 8 and 10 will be rearranged for after half term.”

Other closures

  • The Higgins Bedford, Castle Lane
  • New Look, Midland Road
  • Waterstones, Midland Road
  • Sainsbury’s, Clapham

This is a breaking news story. More details will be added as they become available.