Torrential rain caused the collapse of a 7.88m reinforced concrete beam and slab road bridge over the River Corve in the town of Ludlow. John Williams, principal bridge engineer for Shropshire County Council, told NCE:
'The bridge was in good condition but from what we can see the river scoured under the foundations in a matter of hours resulting in the collapse of the abutments and deck.' The 78- year-old bridge also carried a low pressure gas main that was ruptured and 20 homes nearby were evacuated. The main route into Ludlow over the River Corve was blocked because an older bridge was closed amid fears that it was not strong enough to take all the traffic. Transco was securing the leak as NCE went to press. Three local roads in Shropshire including the A4117 to Clee Hill were also reported to have been 'washed away'.
A 14-year-old boy died after falling into the River Don and a 68-year-old man died after getting out of his car. A disused factory on Brightside Lane near Sheffield's Meadowhall Shopping Centre was close to collapse due to the pressure of flood water on the walls as 1.3m of water engulfed the area in 15 minutes. Around 20 people scrambled onto the roof of the building and were rescued by RAF helicopters.
Engineers were also assessing a bridge that could collapse under the force of the flooded River Don after reports that the river level had reached the soffits. Around 35,000 homes were reported to be without electricity after a sub station was submerged. The M1 between Junction 32 to 34 near Rotherham was still closed as NCE went to press and rail services between Sheffield, Derby and Leeds were suspended.
Leeds City Station was closed and rail services between Leeds and London suspended.
A Network Rail spokeswoman said the East Coast Mainline north of Doncaster and south of York had been badly flooded. Police closed two bridges at Clifton Common and Wakefield Road.
There were fears of further flooding of the River Aire in Leeds city centre as NCE went to press.
Across the Yorkshire region 86,000 properties lost power.
A man died after getting his foot caught in a drain.
All areas of the city have experienced flooding and the city council said that the drains couldn't cope after major rainfall throughout the month.
More than 50 roads have been closed around the city. The A63 into Hull has been closed.
Rail services between Hull and Scunthorpe and Sheffield were suspended.
Up to 2,000 homes lost power and many homes in Louth, Horncastle and Lincoln are still flooded. Fifteen roads are still inundated with standing water.
The River Derwent burst its banks and flooded areas of the city.
South Staffordshire Water, which serves 1.25M people across the region, said its biggest reservoir, Blithfield, was overflowing after 14 hours of unrelenting rainfall.
More than 3,000 homes were without power after flooding affected Gloucester, Bristol and Cheltenham.
Worksop and Newark were the worst hit areas and 900 homes were flooded across the county.
There were 35 flooding incidents reported in North Wales following the heavy rain.
At Worthenbury, south of Wrexham, two brooks broke their banks and overwhelmed a new 2m flood defence barrier.
The Highways Agency reported incidents on the A616, M62 at Junction 32 and 30.
There were also problems on the, A616 in Sheffi eld, M621 Junction 1 near Leeds, the M54 Junction 6-7 near Telford, the A38 at Liskeard.
The A1 between the A52 and A46 near Grantham, the M62 Junction 30-31 at Wakefield, the A47 near Swaffham, the M62 Junction 39 and the M16 Junction 1 near Sheffield were also severely affected.