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Floods cause road and rail chaos
Toll Bar in South Yorkshire
Flood warnings are in place across the country
Floods and rain have caused problems in northern England and Wales, forcing the closure of key road and rail routes and inundating homes.

Dozens of homes and businesses were flooded in West and South Yorkshire, while schools and shops were closed.

Rail passengers and drivers met problems as the West Coast main line between Lancaster and Preston was closed, and floods hit the M1 and M62.

Elsewhere, heavy snowfall hit parts of north-east England and Scotland.

Rising waters

At 1845 GMT on Monday, 15 severe flood warnings and 124 flood warnings were in place across England and Wales.

The BBC's weather forecasters said Tuesday was expected to be dry, and although rains were predicted from Wednesday, they would not be as heavy as they have been.

Lorry stuck at Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire

In Lincolnshire, the Environment Agency sounded flood sirens in Louth and Horncastle to give people advance warning.

Residents were told to protect their homes as water levels on the River Lud continued to rise.

In West Yorkshire, the agency said there could be "extreme danger" to life and property in parts of Huddersfield, where the River Colne was expected to burst its banks.

  • About 60 homes were flooded in Armitage Bridge near Huddersfield, while in Silsden near Keighley, West Yorkshire, 100 people were evacuated from a factory
  • Twenty homes were evacuated in Huddersfield as water levels continued to rise. Residents were taken to a sports centre
  • In Elland, near Halifax, West Yorkshire, 60 children were evacuated and taken to a local fire station
  • In South Yorkshire, firefighters said they attended a handful of "isolated incidents" of properties being flooded in Rotherham and Barnsley

Severe warnings have been put in place in Wakefield and Skipton.

Traffic almost came to a standstill on the M1 and the M62 as heavy rain continued to fall across the region.

A woman and child were rescued by Humber Fire and Rescue Service crews after their car got stuck in flood water on the B1246 road between Pocklington and Warter.

Network Rail said flooding had forced the closure of the railway line between Sheffield and Barnsley in South Yorkshire.

Map of flooded areas
Severe flood warnings in place in Huddersfield, Wakefield, and Skipton in Yorkshire
Severe flood warning in place at River Severn, Shrewsbury
Rail services disrupted in Lancashire and Yorkshire
Roads closed across the country
Flood sirens sounded in Louth and Horncastle in Lincolnshire

Northern Rail said there were no trains operating from Leeds to York, Harrogate, Bradford, Manchester Victoria, Sheffield or Blackpool North.

Lines were also suspended from Skipton station to Morecambe, Carlisle and Keighley, as well as from Ilkley to Guiseley.

A 34-year-old woman and a baby were rescued from a stranded car in Swinton, Greater Manchester.

Seven horses, three dogs and two chickens were rescued by firefighters from a flooded farm in Hamer, Rochdale.

Greater Manchester fire service also had to break into a pub at Summerseat, near Bury, to gain access to a canoeist who had become stuck on a river.

A severe flood warning was issued for the River Severn in Shrewsbury, and many roads in Shropshire were closed.

A 45-year-old woman was rescued by police after becoming stranded in her car overnight when it was swept away by a flood waters from the Severn.

In Cumbria, motorists were being urged not to travel unless absolutely necessary and several roads were closed.

In Gloucestershire, residents were being asked to remain vigilant to the risk of flooding.

Surface water on roads caused some disruption in the county on Monday, with several A and B roads closed.

On the West Coast Mainline, trains from Scotland were being terminated at Lancaster, while services from Birmingham and London were terminating at Preston.

Mark Tinnion, regional flood risk manager for the Environment Agency, said despite the flooding, "at this stage it is not thought to be as widespread or significant as the summer floods".

A lorry jammed in rushing water

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