Wimbledon's first day to avoid rain
Jun 25 2012
As householders and businesses continue the clear-up operation after devastating floods, forecasters are predicting the start of Wimbledon will be spared the deluges many areas have experienced this weekend.
River levels in Cumbria, Lancashire and West Yorkshire have dropped since the record levels which saw widespread flooding in these areas on Friday night.
The latest heavy rain fell mainly in the south of England, giving the flood-hit areas some respite as the damage assessments and clean-up carried on in the worst-hit places like Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire and the village of Croston, Lancashire.
In some places a month's rain fell in 24 hours, leaving hundreds of homes swimming in dirty water and prompting forecasters to say we could be on course for one of the wettest Junes of the last 100 years. The River Yarrow burst its banks in Croston flooding around 70 homes which had to be evacuated.
Firefighters were forced to rescue people from cars trapped by flash flooding in the Yorkshire Dales; an 80-year-old pensioner was hospitalised with serious injuries following a collision in heavy rain in the Scottish Borders; people were rescued by boat from their flooded homes in Wigan; roads were closed because of a high risk of a landslip in Argyll and Bute; and widespread travel chaos saw rail services cancelled.
In Cheshire, Paul Weller's gig at Jodrell Bank was cancelled for health and safety reasons due to the weather. The Environment Agency said there were no severe flood warnings in place and there were only six flood warnings.
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