Flood warnings issued across UK after rain

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Flood warnings are in place across the UK following persistent heavy rain around the country.

There are 30 flood warnings for England – mostly in Yorkshire, and five for Wales.

One of the worst-hit areas was Capel Curig in Conwy County, which saw more than half a month’s worth of rain – 136.6mm – in the space of 24 hours.

Travel disruption continues, with rail company Northern saying several routes are suspended.

Flooding led to rail routes in Yorkshire and the North West being affected on Saturday, while parts of the M66 were shut after the River Irwell burst its banks near Ramsbottom.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service warned people not to drive in flood waters after rescuing trapped vehicles.

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It also said its fire engines were having to pump flood water away in order to protect properties in Sowerby Bridge and Todmorden.

On Sunday morning the Environment Agency, which issues flood warnings in England, said river levels were high in northern England and the Midlands.

It said on Twitter: « Our teams are out operating flood defences and are ready to assist any affected communities. »

A flood warning is more severe than a flood alert and means immediate action is required as flooding is expected.

However, it is not as serious as a severe flood warning which means there could be a danger to life.

On Saturday Lancashire Fire and Rescue said firefighters had rescued people trapped in vehicles.

And two fire crews helped a farmer in Samlesbury move 170 sheep to higher ground after they became marooned on an island surrounded by rising flood water.

Football team Tadcaster Albion tweeted it was « devastated » after its pitch was flooded.

The Northern Premier League team, situated in North Yorkshire, tweeted a before and after photo of the damage caused by the flooding.

In Wales, there are flood warnings in place for mid and north Wales, where some homes in Conwy county have been flooded.

Deiniol Tegid, a spokesman for Natural Resources Wales, said: « The River Conwy is at its highest level ever recorded, so yes it’s quite bad in Llanrwst at the moment.

« We’re asking people to be very careful in that area and not to venture into flood water and please don’t take any risks. »

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service said about 40 properties had flooded in Parc yr Eryr, Llanrwst and police urged motorists to avoid the area.

On Saturday, Scotland had a single flood warning and a Met Office yellow warning for snow, as a wintry snap returned to the country.

Around 4cm (1.57in) of snow fell on the higher ground in Scotland at the start of the weekend.

And the Met Office issued an ice warning until 09:30 GMT on Sunday morning for Northern Ireland, Scotland, north Wales and north-west England.

But conditions are expected to ease on Sunday, and the Met Office is forecasting a dry and sunny start to the week because of a period of high pressure.


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