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Flash floods hit Scottish borders and south-west of England

Written on:August 6, 2023
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Rain caused flash flooding and travel disruption around Newcastle and Tyneside

Around 13 flood alerts remain in place after torrential rain yesterday left scores of homes in the Scottish borders and the south-west of England flooded.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) said the affected areas include Dumfries and Galloway, the Borders and Edinburgh and Lothians.

Overnight heavy rain yesterday left homes submerged in 3ft of silted water when the river broke its banks. Around 30 homes had to be evacuated after flash flood ripped through the Scottish border town of Jedburgh on Saturday night.

Shops and businesses affected by the flood In Jedburgh were unlikely to open on Monday morning. Flash flooding also hit towns in north Somerset, where firefighters spent the night pumping out homes for more than six hours.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning of heavy rain in the north and east of England, and Scotland. The warning tells people to be aware of the flood.

“Heavy, thundery showers are expected to develop again during Monday. The public should be aware of the risk of surface water flooding, although as always in showery conditions, some places will escape,” Met Office warned.

In the north-east of England, downpours caused flash flooding and travel disruption around Newcastle and Tyneside. Later, Northumbria Police said most routes in its area had been reopened but the Swing Bridge, linking Gateshead to Newcastle near the Tyne Bridge, remained closed due to debris caused by the flash flood.

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3 Comments add one

  1. jo says:

    Why are there always floods right after the hosepipe ban. Doesn’t make much sense to me

  2. hhayles says:

    more rain? enough already.

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