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Northern England hit by flood waters

Exceptional rainfall and record river levels led to extensive flooding across parts of northern England over the weekend.

On Saturday the Environment Agency confirmed that more than 100mm of rain – equivalent to one month’s rainfall – had fallen in just a few hours in places, leading to some rivers reaching their highest ever recorded level. Overnight on Friday night, the River Calder at Hebden Bridge measured a record 3.2m.

The Agency said that flood warnings were issued to over 7,000 properties and its defences had protected over 11,000 homes and businesses.

Flood defence schemes were operated at numerous locations including Preston, Wigan, Catterall and Garstang to protect homes.

Five flood warnings – four for the North East and one for the North West – remained in place this morning.


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