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Last Updated: Thursday, 24 August 2006, 07:04 GMT 08:04 UK
Downpour floods parts of region
Flooding in Wakefield city centre
The torrential rain flooded a Wakefield city centre underpass
Torrential rain has caused flash flooding across Yorkshire and the Humber region.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue received more than 150 calls after businesses and homes were hit by floods in Kirkgate and Ings Road, Wakefield.

One underpass was left under 6ft of water after the downpour on Wednesday.

Several homes in Goole were also hit by flash floods. About 30 firefighters worked for four hours to clear homes in Millennium Way and Hook Road.

Sandbags were packed against doors in a bid to prevent further damage to properties.

Residents affected by the flooding said action needed to be taken to stop it happening again.

Goole resident Shirley Marshall said: "It's happened three times in this particular area and it is not river flooding, it is when the heavy rains come down and the drains can't take it.

"But nobody seems to be taking responsibility to come up with a solution."

A spokeswoman for Yorkshire Water said recent investigations had shown the public sewers, which it is responsible for, were free from obstructions.

She said the company had recently met with Headrow Housing, which is responsible for the maintenance of a number of private sewers in the area.

She said: "Our waste water advisers are currently in the area investigating yesterday's incident and we will do everything we can to assist customers, the council and Headrow Housing at this time."

The torrential rain also caused major disruption on the roads, including the M62 and A64, bringing traffic to a standstill for a time.

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