Yorkshire Floods Are Worst For 75 Years
Tuesday was one hot sunny day in the UK with temperatures up to 30C, followed by heavy torrential rain on Wednesday in some parts of the Yorkshire region, leaving homes and businesses having to be evacuated after almost one month's rainfall fell in just 12 hours.
Humberside fire service received 135 calls mainly from elderly people and sent 50 firefighters to Goole, east Yorkshire, to evacuate residents and pump water from buildings as heavy rain fell between 5pm and 11pm on Wednesday afternoon. The residents were moved into a nearby home until the water subsided.
In Dunnington, North Yorkshire, numerous trees collapsed blocking the highways and affecting power lines, when high winds and torrential rain hit the village. Crews were sent to a house in Scarborough after a fire broke out as a result of a lightning strike.
Between 6am and 6pm, Howden received 41.9mm, while Leconfield had 24mm, with 22.6mm falling over a period of just one hour. Average rainfall for August in north-eastern England is between 60mm and 90mm. There's an active frontal system moving across much of the UK, so there could be further heavy rainfall across eastern England.
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