WITNEY High Street has flooded, forcing some shops to close, while sandbags have been put around a church.

Drains along the High Street overflowed after a sudden downpour just after 1pm.

And police have warned drivers via Twitter to reduce their speed.

TVP Witney tweeted: “Sudden downpour high street Witney flooded please reduce your speed.”

Boots on 2-8 High Street was forced to close, but is still dispensing medicines.

Shop manager at Witney’s Clark Shoes Lucy Webb said: “The drains outside the shop have flooded. The water had come right up to the door, but it is going back down.”

The shoe shop has remained open, and Ms Webb said at least one other shop as well as had closed.

The county council’s highways team has put out sandbags around the High Street Methodist Church.

Council spokesman Owen Morton said: “Our highways team has supplied sandbags to Methodist church on the High Street, as a result of surface water flooding.

“The sandbags were to protect the building from surface water running off the highway.”

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