BRITAIN SUBMERGED BY WEEK’S RAIN IN AN HOUR
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.