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Last Updated: Saturday December 13 2008 16:00 GMT

Flash flooding hits UK homes

Flash floods hit the south west

Torrential rain caused flash flooding and traffic chaos across parts of the south of England, Wales and Scotland.

At least seven people had to be rescued from their cars in Devon after they got trapped by the rising flood waters.

Up to 46cm of rain fell in some areas of Somerset and Devon, where emergency services described conditions on the roads as "atrocious".

At one point, more than 200 flood warnings were issued for the south west of England and Wales.

Raindrops falling into a puddle (SHAUN CURRY/AFP/Getty Images)
They included one severe warning for the River Lyd in Lydney in Gloucestershire but there are also flood warnings across other parts of the UK.

The Devon and Somerset Fire Service said it had received hundreds of calls about the flooding in the south west and urged people not to travel unless it's really necessary.

Meanwhile, loads of sheep at a farm in Scotland have been rescued after getting stranded on a hilltop by rising flood waters.

About 100 sheep got trapped in a field in Perth when the nearby River Earn burst its banks.

The local fire service said the high water levels were caused by snow melting on the hills and swelling the river.

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