Tuesday, September 25, 2012

UK Floods: Homes Evacuated In Northumbria

Residents in Morpeth have been told to take 'immediate action' as a precaution against the flooding from the River Wansbeck bursting its banks.

The move comes as a flood warning was issued in Northumbria early this morning leading to some residents of Morpeth evacuating their homes.

In parts of North Yorkshire six people had to be rescued from vehicles stranded in floodwater overnight and Fire and Rescue Service received more than 80 calls to incidents related to the heavy rain.

Five people also had to be rescued from their vehicles in the Skeeby area while one person was rescued in Whashton.

Rachel Sweeney, who works for Tyne Tees television, said on Twitter: "My car is stuck! I'm in a van with a prisoner and two cops called Emma and Alec!"

Several cars had to be removed from standing floodwater on the A1, where the River Swale intersects the road at Brompton on Swale and ten people were taken to safety on inflatable rafts by firefighters after flooding near their homes in St Helens, Merseyside. Read More