UK weather: Bridge collapses and roads washed away as flood warnings continue to midnight


Bridges have collapsed and roads have been washed away in Yorkshire amid extreme wet weather as the Met Office warned communities in the north to expect more of the same. 

Yorkshire Dales residents have been hit by flash flooding and hail storms as forecasters warned that parts of Britain could face more “persistent and heavy” rain through to midnight on Wednesday.

The Met Office has said storms could dump up to 1.6in (40mm) of rain in two hours in places on Wednesday.

Reports of flash floods washing away roads and inundating houses came in from across North Yorkshire on Tuesday night and early on Wednesday morning.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said it received around 115 calls to flooding incidents in Leyburn and Reeth on Tuesday evening.

A spokesman said: “We had several appliances as well as our swift water rescue teams and high volume pumping appliance within the area attending various incidents involving flooded properties and cars stuck in flood water.”

Pictures and videos on social media showed widespread flooding across the Swaledale area in the Yorkshire Dales.

Roads resembled rivers, with many cars stranded, and fields were under water.

Pictures on the Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team Facebook page showed a bridge that had collapsed on the road between Grinton and Leyburn.


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