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Floods spark caravan parks rescue


Resident Geoffrey Newbould describes how he was evacuated from a flooded caravan park in Knaresborough

Heavy rain has caused flooding in towns and villages across North Yorkshire.

About a dozen people were rescued by firefighters from three caravan parks on the banks of the River Nidd in Knaresborough on Sunday night.

Crews took them by boat to an emergency centre in the town. They also rescued a couple with a young child trapped in a car at Moreton-on-Swale, Northallerton.

The Environment Agency had 18 flood warnings in place for North Yorkshire on Monday evening.

Rail disruption

At the height of the flooding, the fire service attended 15 flooding incidents across the county, including several homes in Pateley Bridge.

Elsewhere in the Yorkshire Dales, houses were flooded in the Richmond, Reeth, Hawes and Leyburn areas.

Several roads were closed due to flooding, including a section of the A684 Stokesley Road in Northallerton and the A6108 Darlington Road in Richmond.

Northern Rail services between York and Harrogate have been affected by flooding on the line and a replacement bus service is running through the night.

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