Friday 21 September 2018

England World Cup city hit by flooding

Nizhny Novgorod will host four group matches including England’s game against Panama on Sunday.

A flooded street in Nizhny Novgorod (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
A flooded street in Nizhny Novgorod (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

By Associated Press Reporters

A road has flooded outside a designated World Cup hotel in Nizhny Novgorod, leaving cars half-submerged and forcing local residents and visitors to wade through knee-deep water.

The flood followed a rain shower in the central Russian city, but it abated soon after.

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Cars stranded in the flood water in Nizhny Novgorod (Pavel Golovkin/AP)

The flood outside the Hampton by Hilton hotel, a designated media hotel for the tournament, brought local news reporters to the scene.

One television cameraman removed his trousers and waded through the water in his underwear while filming.

A hotel staff member also had to get through the water to retrieve possessions from his parked car.

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Swedish fans consider their next move (Petr David Josek/AP)

Nizhny Novgorod, about 250 miles east of Moscow, will host four group games – including England’s game against Panama on Sunday – one round-of-16 game and a quarter-final at the World Cup.

The Hampton by Hilton is on the other side of the city to the World Cup stadium.

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