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Flooding Alert Activated In UK

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Areas across the UK are still at risk of flooding after persistent heavy rain on Saturday led to flood warnings.

Downpours eased on Sunday, but 24 flood warnings remain for England, mostly in Yorkshire, and five for Wales.

One of the worst-hit areas was Chapel Curig in Conway County, which saw more than half a month’s worth of rain – 136.6mm – in the space of 24 hours.

Some train services in northern England were disrupted on Sunday by flooding, but have since resumed today.

The Environment Agency, which issues flood warnings for England, said it had reports of “localized flooding” in the Calder Valley, Greater Manchester, York and the River Severn.

It said temporary barriers were installed in the Midlands as protection from the rising River Severn.

Barriers were also installed in Shrewsbury and Bewdley, and similar installations were erected in Ironbridge and Wribbenhall.

In north Wales four people were rescued after two cars became stuck in flood water.

Emergency crews helped the occupants to safety after the incident at Bangor-On-Dee, Wrexham.

A flood warning is more severe than a flood alert and means immediate action is required as flooding is expected.

However, it is not as serious as a severe flood warning which means there could be a danger to life. Fire crews helped a farmer in Salisbury move 170 sheep to higher ground after they became marooned on an island surrounded by flood water.

Deiniol Tegid, a spokesman for Natural Resources Wales, said the River Conway had reached the highest level ever recorded and advised people not to venture into flood water.

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service said about 40 properties had flooded and police urged motorists to avoid the area.

On Saturday, Scotland had a single flood warning and a Met Office yellow warning for snow as a wintry snap returned to the country.

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