Floods as torrential rain hits UK

Posted on July 6, 2012

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Torrential rain is causing disruption as a month’s rain falls in parts of the UK within one day.

The number of flood warnings – meaning flooding is expected – has reached more than 60 in England, and more than 170 flood alerts are in place in the UK.

The Environment Agency said 94 homes had been flooded in England and Wales, as forecasters warn of more heavy rain.

The Met Office has issued a red warning for severe weather in parts of the South West from midnight.

A red alert is its highest, and warns people to take action, rather than the lower alerts warning people be alert or be prepared.

The EA has issued 162 flood alerts for England and Wales, which warn people to be prepared for possible flooding, while the Scottish Environment Protection Agency has issued nine.

The town of Darwen in Lancashire, which was evacuated last month when rivers burst their banks, is among 65 places in the North East, the North West, the South West, the Midlands and the Anglian region of England, that are subject to a flood warning.

Meanwhile, a live flood warning system has gone online to help people track the areas in imminent danger.

And 20,000 Grand Prix fans have been warned not to attend the Silverstone race track on Saturday, as rain left thousands stranded in traffic jams near the site.

BBC News

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