Man swept away and killed by flood
Jun 29 2012
One man died, roads and rail lines were blocked and properties flooded as torrential downpours caused flash floods across parts of the UK.
The man was swept away by floodwater in a stream at Bittlerley, near Ludlow, Shropshire, on Thursday morning. Residents named him as maths teacher Mike Ellis, who lived in the village with his wife.
Local councillor and farmer Richard Huffer, 50, said he had known Mr Ellis since he was taught by him at a secondary school in nearby Ludlow more than three decades ago. Mr Huffer said: "He was a very well respected member of the community. He will be deeply missed. His wife is in shock."
The storms have also caused major disruption on the rail network as lines were blocked by floods, landslips and fallen trees. Trains between Scotland and England have been hit by floods in Cumbria and near Newcastle and a landslip near Berwick-upon-Tweed.
Swathes of the Midlands were hit by intense downpours, with some areas receiving almost an inch (22mm) of rain in just an hour - a third of the average rainfall for the whole month of June, forecasters from Meteogroup, the weather forecasting arm of the Press Association, said.
Around 70 properties have been hit by flooding, according to the Environment Agency, which warned people to stay away from rivers and not to drive through flood waters. People have been urged to be on alert for more flash flooding across the Midlands and northern England as the Met Office forecasts outbreaks of torrential rain across many central and northern parts of the country.
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