Wednesday 24 January 2018

Flooding causes havoc across UK

TORRENTIAL rain led to flooded homes, road closures and havoc on public transport across parts of Britain yesterday.

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.

The roof was closed at Wimbledon by heavy rains for the crunch match that saw Andy Murray becoming the first British player in 74 years to make the tournament finals.

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 Yorkshire after rain left the site under a half-metre 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 in London -- although conditions are not expected to be as bad as they have been.

With downpours set to continue, the British Environment Agency has warned that the country was "not out of the woods yet" in the latest floods to hit the country in recent weeks.

The worst-affected areas today are expected to be in southwest England -- which has already seen extremely heavy rain, with 1.6in (40mm) falling in just half an hour in Somerset yesterday afternoon.

Irish Independent

Promoted Links

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox every morning.

Promoted Links

Editors Choice

Also in World News