Heavy rain causes floods chaos
Jul 07 2012
Torrential rain has led to flooded homes, road closures and havoc on public transport across parts of the country.
Dozens of flood warnings and alerts were in place as the latest downpours continued to fall on ground already saturated after three months of record-breaking rainfall across the UK.
Almost 100 properties were flooded, the M50 was among a number of roads closed by the bad weather and flooding and landslips caused delays on major rail routes. Six people had to be rescued from a flooded caravan park in North Yorkshire after heavy rain left the site under 2ft (0.6m) of water.
And the wash-out summer is set to continue in the coming weeks, with forecasters predicting the weather is still likely to be inclement when the Olympics start - although conditions are not expected to be as bad as they have been.
With continuing downpours, the Environment Agency warned the country was "not out of the woods yet" in the latest floods to hit the country in recent weeks. The worst affected area on Friday night and into Saturday morning is expected to be south-west England, which has already seen extremely heavy rain, with 1.6in (40mm) falling in just half an hour in Somerset.Forecasters said a further 3.2in (80mm) is expected to fall across the South West on Friday night.
Northumberland could also see very heavy rain and flooding, said the Environment Agency. The south Pennines and north Midlands, including the areas around Manchester, Sheffield, North Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire which are among the worst areas hit by the latest floods, also remain at risk into the weekend.
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