Town deluged as flash floods strike

Police close roads in Walsden, Todmorden, West Yorkshire, after flash flooding

Roads crumbled as the water gushed through Walsden

A car attempts to negotiate a flooded street in Walsden

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Roads and railway lines were submerged in water after torrential rain and flash flooding hit a small town.

Parts of the market town of Todmorden, West Yorkshire, were left under one and half feet of water. Emergency services worked late into last night to try to clear the water and deal with hazards such as partially collapsed roads.

West Yorkshire Police asked people to avoid areas in Todmorden that were badly affected and said that waves from driving through the water can damage houses.

They have also issued a warning for people not to cross a bridge in the town they believe may have been damaged.

Last year, the town experienced severe flooding and was visited by Prime Minister David Cameron where he met some of the people affected.

The flooding in Todmorden followed a day of severe rain across the UK with heavy, slow moving and thundery showers crossing the country.

The Environment Agency currently has three flood warnings, where people should expect flooding and take immediate action - two on the River Spodden in Whitworth, in Lancashire, and one at Walsden in Todmorden, as well as eight flood alerts across the country.

However, forecasters said the recent hot weather was expected to return later this week, with temperatures up to 30C (86F) in the South East on Thursday.

Matt Dobson, a senior forecaster with MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said: "Today there could be scattered heavy showers and a few thunder storms to the northern half of the UK.

"Across the South there will be a band of rain moving eastwards across southern England this morning, leaving sunny spells and scattered showers in the afternoon.

Mr Dobson said: "Some areas will see heavy rain today, with temperatures a shade below what you would expect, but they will begin to rise on Wednesday, when it may reach 23C (73.4F) to 24C (75.2F) in the South East.

"We can expect Thursday to be very warm or hot, with temperatures up to 30C (86F) in the South East, 28C (82.4F) to 29C (84.2F) across the Midlands, and 25C (77F) to 27C (80.6F) in the North.

"There will be a growing risk of showers and thunderstorms from Friday night into the weekend."

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