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Wednesday, 31 July, 2002, 11:08 GMT 12:08 UK
Flooding hits the north
Headingley cricket ground in Leeds
A major cricket match was called off at Headingley
Flooding and heavy rain has caused disruption across the north of England.

The semi-final of cricket's Cheltenham & Gloucester Trophy between Yorkshire and Surrey was washed out at Headingley in Leeds.

And up to 200 people spent Tuesday night in a working men's club after being evacuated from their homes in Marsden, near Huddersfield, when the River Colne burst its banks.

The Environment Agency said most of the flooding in Marsden was caused by drains not being able to cope with vast amounts of water.

The Commonwealth Games
Torrential rain poured down on officials

Rail services between Harrogate and Leeds were also affected by severe flooding, while the A57 was closed by a landslide south of Sheffield.

North Yorkshire was hit by a number of flash floods.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue took more than 300 calls on Tuesday night from people in Harrogate and Northallerton when the area was lashed by fierce thunderstorms.

Driving alert

In Manchester, torrential rain poured down on spectators at the Commonwealth Games and the Greater Manchester Fire Service received more than 300 flood-related calls mainly in Oldham, Stalybridge, Mossley, and Ashton.

Flood alerts have been issued for the Vale of York between Catterick and Selby, the River Swale and the River Ure downstream to Ripon

The Met Office has issued a warning to drivers about hazardous conditions in Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cheshire and Merseyside.

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