BRI­TAIN SUB­MERGED BY WEEK’S RAIN IN AN HOUR

Daily Mail - - News - By Alex Ward

TOR­REN­TIAL down­pours caused flood mis­ery across the coun­try yes­ter­day, with some places ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a week’s worth of rain in just one hour.

From Corn­wall to the Isle of Man trains were dis­rupted, cars be­came trapped in ris­ing wa­ters, and some peo­ple even needed res­cue by he­li­copter.

The En­vi­ron­ment Agency is­sued 250 flood alerts for Eng­land. At­tle­bor­ough in Nor­folk saw the most rain­fall, with half an inch in one hour – around a week’s worth.

A ma­jor in­ci­dent was de­clared on the Isle of Man, where some prop­er­ties had to be evac­u­ated by he­li­copter and a dig­ger was swept into a river. Other res­i­dents who were trapped at home were told to ‘go up­stairs and await res­cue’.

Train ser­vices were badly af­fected across the North of Eng­land, while strong winds and high tides on the Suf­folk coast led to the col­lapse of a build­ing close to the light­house at Or­ford Ness.

Two men and a dog had to be helped from a truck af­ter it be­came stuck while try­ing to cross the swollen Skell river in Ripon, North York­shire, and a man also needed sav­ing in Birm­ing­ham af­ter his car be­came stranded in flood wa­ter.

In a lighter mo­ment, a woman was pic­tured kayak­ing down the high street in Blak­eney, Nor­folk.

The Met Of­fice said ar­eas fur­ther south were likely to be the worst af­fected last night as a band of se­vere thun­der­storms swept across Eng­land and Wales.

Fore­cast­ers pre­dicted a respite from the rain to­day but said more would fol­low as the rem­nants of Hur­ri­cane Lorenzo move across the UK to­mor­row.

The rain and wind are ex­pected to ease over the course of Fri­day, although fore­cast­ers warned of un­set­tled weather into the week­end and the pos­si­bil­ity of more weather warn­ings. Yes­ter­day North­ern Rail said the line from Mary­port to Carlisle in Cum­bria was badly af­fected, with re­place­ment bus ser­vices op­er­at­ing in some sec­tions. There was also flood­ing at Thack­ley, be­tween Leeds and Carlisle, and ser­vices were sus­pended be­tween Stock­port and Mac­cles­field. In the South West, the En­vi­ron­ment Agency told res­i­dents to avoid the seafront and check flood warn­ings.

Homes un­der wa­ter: These house­hold­ers were left count­ing the cost af­ter floods swept through their prop­er­ties in the vil­lage of Coss­ing­ton LE­ICES­TER­SHIRE

NOT­TING­HAMSHIRE I’ve flooded the en­gine: A Jaguar stranded by high wa­ters in the vil­lage of Colston Bas­sett

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