FIREFIGHTERS were working flat out across the borough this week rescuing residents trapped inside their cars in floodwater but the number of incidents could have been much worse.
Heavy rain caused chaos on Leicestershire’s roads however, Melton was protected from the worst of the weather by the Brentingby Dam.
The flood defence system has been in place since June 2003 and offers 100 years protection for over 650 residential and commercial properties in the town.
It was built following flooding of 164 properties in the area in Easter 1998.
Councillor Matthew O’Callaghan, who chaired the Melton Mowbray Flood Alleviation Group which was influential in installing the dam, said: “If it wasn’t for the dam I’m sure Melton would have been flooded several times in the past and twice this year.”
Elsewhere in the borough, villages have been blighted by floods and firefighters have been called out on numerous occasions to rescue drivers and passengers stranded in their cars.
Two drivers had to be rescued by firefighters using an inflatable boat in East Goscote on Tuesday.
The van and car were stuck in approximately six inches of water in Broome Lane near Beadles Lake at about 5pm.
On Monday a man and woman had to be rescued from their car in Sawgate Road, Burton Lazars, after becoming stranded in approximately two feet of water at about 1.35pm.
Firefighters also helped an elderly man from his car in Hoby Road, Asfordby at about 4.50pm.
They were also called to the aid of three people trapped inside their car in flowing floodwater near Stapleford Park in Saxby on Sunday. The incident happened at about 12.35pm and last Thursday they were called to Mountsorrel Lane, Sileby after 35 Brooksby Melton College students became stranded on a coach at about 5.45pm.
The youngsters had to wade through the water to the nearest dry land, about 50 feet away, and a handful of students carried classmates on their backs.