Heavy rain batters parts of Britain bringing flooding and travel misery

Rebecca Speare-Cole
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 A car seen splashing water as it moves on a waterlogged street during a heavy rainfall in Holmfirth.
Parts of the UK including South Yorkshire and Greater Manchester are on high alert as Storm Christoph brings heavy rain, which is expected to cause floods and widespread disruption. (Photo by Adam Vaughan / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Flooding has hit the UK after torrential rain for two days (SOPA Images/Sipa USA)

Parts of the UK have been hit by torrential rain and floods, bringing travel chaos and forcing homes to be evacuated.

Dozens of flood warnings are in place across Scotland, England and Wales after the deluge of rain swept the country on Friday and Saturday.

Met Office spokesman Gregg Snell said parts of Wales and Cumbria saw more than a month’s worth of rainfall within 48 hours.

Llyn y Fan Blaenea in Carmarthenshire saw the highest totals with 145 mm falling while Seathwaite in Cumbria saw 142mm over the two days.

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The River Towy burst its banks completely while dramatic footage on social media shows a swollen river in South Wales.

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Natural Resources Wales said Carmarthenshire, as well as Ceredigion, have been worst hit by floods, adding that it is believed there are "multiple flooded properties in both the Teifi and Tywi Valley".

In a statement, it said: “While the number is slowly reducing, we ask people to still be very careful if having to make any essential journeys.

“Do not attempt to drive or walk through flood water.”

Ceredigion County Council said on Saturday that some homes in the Welsh village of Adpar would be evacuated.

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Malcolm Rees, 54, from Carmarthen told Sky News that one of his sheds had been submerged in water up to a metre deep and that the floodwaters had left behind silt, sediment and sludge.

Rees, a coracle boat maker, said the river had only come into his property once in 1987 although over the last couple of years it had happened three or four times.