Severe Flood Warnings Prompt Evacuations In Parts Of UK

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Heavy rain has caused more flooding in northern England, with hundred of people evacuated from their homes in Lancashire and Yorkshire.

The British Army has been mobilized in some areas and rivers are overflowing in Manchester and Leeds.

Damage has included the destruction of a former pub in Greater Manchester, and a large hole has appeared in the M62.

Roads across North Wales have also been closed and the police have urged residents to refrain from traveling.

According to the BBC there are now more than 300 flood warnings  in place across England, Scotland and Wales –  22 of them severe

RT reports:

“With further rain forecast, we urge people to remain vigilant and follow @EnvAgency and #floodaware on Twitter for the latest flood updates,” Paul Mustow, deputy director in flood and coastal risk management at the Met Office’s flood forecasting centre, said.

Lancashire Road Police said at least 600 people have been evacuated in Whalley, Ribchester and St Michaels, the most affected areas.

Residents of Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire have been posting numerous photos of their hometown heavily affected by the flooding.

“The low-lying businesses that are on Market Street, lots of those business owners have been down there trying to move their stock,” Giles Perkins, a Hebden Bridge resident, told the Guardian. “I’ve just been inside own of those shops and it’s been breached totally.”

“It’s still raining hard. River levels are still rising, sadly,” he added.

The Army has been deployed to build temporary flood defenses in Cumbria, in North West England.

People can access information from council websites as well as the Environment Agency Floodline.

The agency is also operating a phone line which will be staffed instead of offering recorded information, the number is: 0345 988 1188

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