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60 flood alerts in place as heavy rains continue to lash UK

Written on:September 25, 2023
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Heavy rains lash the UK in 24 hours

Around 60 areas in England and Wales have been issued flood alerts, as a month’s rainfall has badgered the UK in the past 24 hours. 58 flood alerts have been issued by the Met Office in England for the South West, the Midlands, the North East and North West.

In Morpeth, Northumberland, homes were evacuated because of flooding on the River Wansbeck and there are reports of travel disruption.

In Merseyside, more than 50 people have been affected by the flooding. Heavy rain and severe wind lash is expected in parts of eastern Scotland. River Aire and the River Calder, as well as Wortley Beck, in West Yorkshire are all on flood alert. Roads in North Wales have been closed after flooding.

Flood warnings have also been issued for River Tame in Birmingham, between Witton and Salford Park. County Durham and Teesside roads remain closed. Two of Shropshire schools remain closed. Trains running between Great Malvern and Hereford remain cancelled until noon, after heavy rain created “very deep hole”.

The rivers Ribble, Wyre, Lune, Douglas, Calder, Brock and Hodder, along with the Lostock and Yarrow, in Lancashire are all on flood alert. Network Rail has announced that train services between Newcastle and Edinburgh are cancelled due to heavy rains.

It may be noted that the Met Office said on Monday that the average monthly rainfall varied across the UK but in London the September average is 49mm, for Plymouth it is 78mm, Yorkshire 74mm, Ayrshire 131mm, Londonderry 94mm and Northumberland 74mm.

UK weather to worsen in next 24 hours

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