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Tuesday, 31 October, 2000, 17:22 GMT
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Flood waters are continuing to rise in many areas of Britain even though the severe weather of the last couple of days has improved.

There are currently 34 severe flood warnings and 225 flood warnings are in force on dozens of rivers across the country.

The weather has also badly affected travel and transport services across the country.

The problems caused by the storms have been compounded by continuing speed restrictions following the Hatfield crash and the seasonal problems of leaves on the line.

Latest reports indicate that most rail operators are now running the emergency timetables put into place in the wake of the Hatfield derailment.

But commuters still face continuing misery, with delays set to be worst in the South-East - where people have been warned to expect severe delays by some of the biggest train operators and London Underground.

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South-west
Weather: Flood warnings remain in force on Somerset's four main rivers: Tone, Parrett, Yeo and Brue.

The River Avon has burst its banks and areas of Bath and Malmesbury are flooded. The town of Bradford-on-Avon is almost cut off.

The River Severn has burst its banks in Shrewsbury, and serious flooding is anticipated in Bewdley, Bridgnorth and Ironbridge.

Somerset floods
Children watch as a bus struggles through floods in Somerset

Emergency evacuations have had to be made from homes along the River Stour.

Tragedy struck at Taunton, Somerset, where a man was killed after his motorbike hit a tree on the A378 at Wrantage on Monday morning.

Travel: Many train services in the region were hit due to the poor weather conditions and the overrunning of engineering works.

First Great Western trains are running an hourly service between Paddington, Bristol and Cardiff, along with services between Exeter and Penzance, and Swansea and Bridgend.

Wales & West train services are now running on most of their routes, but there are no services on the Barnstaple line.

In Dorset, the A357 is closed at Sturminster Newton because of flooding and in Berkshire, the A357 Reading Road at Arborfield, near Wokingham, is closed.

The A350 at Charlton Marshall in Dorset is just about passable with care.

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South-east
Weather: The London Eye was closed after winds damaged glass on six of its 32 capsules.

The London Chamber of Commerce estimates that the gales have cost the economy up to 100m in lost production.

The rivers Cuckmere and Rother in East Sussex, and Tiese and Rother in Kent, are under severe flood warnings. A number of other areas are also on flood alert.

Bognor Regis
The tornado ripped up roofs in Bognor Regis

Villagers had to be evacuated from Yalding in Kent for the second time in a month after three nearby rivers burst their banks.

A man in his 30s suffered serious head injuries after he was hit on the head by a falling tree while in the back of a taxi in Brentwood, Essex.

A motorcyclist was injured when he was hit by a falling tree at Stanford Rivers, Essex.

Travel: There is no end in sight to the misery for London commuters.

Freak conditions have caused massive disruption to London Underground trains.

Debris from the swollen River Thames has caused problems to the water cooler for the generating station which powers London Underground.

A quarter of all tube trains were cancelled on Tuesday morning and there could be more disruption during the evening rush hour.

Four train companies - Thameslink, Thames, Silverlink and WAGN - are operating to emergency timetables. Trains out of Liverpool Street station are particularly affected.

There are a total of 41 separate speed restrictions on services operated by Connex South Central, Connex South Eastern and South West Trains.

The problems for these operators have been compounded by the seasonal problem of leaves on the line.

A points problem at Vauxhall is causing 50 minute delays to all trains out of Waterloo station.

The Eurostar, Heathrow Express and Gatwick Express services are all running normally.

London Underground
London Underground is suffering from severe delays

First Great Western is only able to run an hourly service out of London Paddington to Bristol and Cardiff on Tuesday night.

Similarly, GNER is only able to operate an hourly service from London Kings Cross to Leeds and Edinburgh

In Surrey, the A3 is closed between the Hogs Back and the Wooden Bridge on the Guildford bypass, and between Wisley and Bufham.

Ferry services in and out of the port of Dover are restricted.

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Midlands
Weather: Tree branches have fallen on train lines and houses, and about 58,000 homes are without power.

A lorry driver was killed after a van was blown into the path of his vehicle at Kirkby la Thorpe in Lincolnshire.

Fears are growing for the safety of a 28-year-old man who jumped into a tributary of the River Nene in Northampton.

A man is also believed to have died after falling into the River Thame in Birmingham.

Travel: Heavy rain and gale-force winds have disrupted road and rail travel.

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Wales
flood waters
Drivers have been stranded by rising waters

Weather: Severe flood warnings, where rising waters pose an "imminent danger to property and life", are in place on the rivers Taff and Cynon.

There are five severe flood warnings in operation in Wales.

More than 90 Cardiff residents have been evacuated from their homes.

Travel: In the north, there has been serious flooding and snow on major roads, and police have advised motorists to make only necessary journeys.

Train services in the region were badly affected but are now returning to normal.

Wales & West train services are now running on most of their routes, but there are no services on the Barnstaple line between Cardiff and Bridgend, and there are no central Wales services north of Llanwyrtyd.

There are also no trains between Chester, Ellesmere Port and Hooton.

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North-west:
Weather: Flood warnings are in place for the rivers Ribble and Wyre in Lancashire, as well as the rivers Derwent, Dove, Sence, Soar, Trent and Wreake.

West Yorkshire Police are evacuating some residents who live in 400 properties at risk near the River Aire in Stockbridge, near Keighley.

South Hampton M27
Treacherous conditions make driving hazardous

There is particular concern over 700 properties, including a chemical works, by the River Aire in Castleford, and 900 homes in nearby Mickletown.

Travel: First North Western trains remain disrupted between Bolton and Blackburn.

Merseyrail trains on the Wirral lines are disrupted because of flooding at Hooton, so buses are replacing trains between Chester, Ellesmere Port and Hooton.

Northern Spirit services between Leeds and Blackpool are being replaced by buses between Hebden Bridge and Burnley because of flooding.

In West Yorkshire there are especially bad floods on the A650 and A629 between Bradford and Skipton, where the River Aire has burst its banks.

This has also closed a number of roads in the Armouries area of Leeds city centre.

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North-east:
Weather: On Tuesday a man was killed when his van collided with a gritter lorry in icy dawn conditions on a slip road to the A19 near Seaton Burn, Northumberland.

Skipton, North Yorkshire was flooded as the River Aire reached its highest level for 50 years.

The Met Office has issued warnings of strong winds and heavy rain in Northumberland, Durham, Tyne and Wear, Teesside and Cumbria.

York's Foss flood barrier has suffered a partial power failure, leading officials to fear that the swollen River Ouse could cause flooding in the city centre.

Flood waters
Flood waters have caiused many rivers to burst their banks

Surface water and gusty winds are making driving difficult.

Travel: Northern Spirit services between Leeds and Shipley have been suspended because of flooding.

A shuttle train service is operating between Shipley and Skipton, however no replacement buses are available between Shipley and Leeds.

East Anglia:
Travel: Suffolk police have warned motorists that surface water is making driving difficult.

Scotland
Weather: Although hit by heavy rain over the weekend, forecasters are predicting a dry day throughout central Scotland. Showers will continue in northern and western areas.

Travel: Following a landslip at Polmont, the Scotrail Edinburgh to Glasgow service, which usually runs at 15 minute intervals. is now running an hourly service with extra trains during peak times in the morning and afternoon..

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