20/07/2007

Torrential rains cause chaos across the UK

Torrential rains are sweeping across the UK, causing flooding and travel problems.

Some areas of the country are expected to receive two months' worth of rain in 24 hours.

Berkshire is one of the worst affected areas, with many areas affected by flash flooding. The council is distributing sand bags.

Three schools have been closed in Windsor, while around 30 homes have been flooded in Maidenhead and a woman reportedly had to be rescued from her car.

Severe weather is affecting southern and central England and Wales and the Met Office has severe weather warnings in place for central, southern and eastern England for Friday, while warnings are in place for north west England and north Wales on Saturday.

The Environment Agency has five flood warnings in place.

Affected roads include the M4 and A404 in Berkshire, the A421 in Buckinghamshire and the A443 in Worcestershire, according to the BBC Travel Service.

The A23 in South Croydon, the M25 clockwise at Reigate and the M25 anti-clockwise at Wisley in London have also been affected.

First Great Western have also warned passengers not to travel by train because of the weather.

There has been severe disruption and cancellations to services between Oxford, London Paddington and Bristol.

Virgin trains between Birmingham and the South West have also been affected and services run by Arriva Trains, Chiltern Railways, First Capital Connect, South West Trains, Southeastern and Southern are also affected.

(KMcA/JM)


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