Flood hits West Yorkshire town

30 July 2013
Flash floods have hit parts of West Yorkshire

Parts of a small West Yorkshire town were submerged under one-and-a-half feet of water after torrential rain caused flash floods.

Roads and railway lines were left under water as emergency services worked into the night to lead the recovery effort in Todmorden.

West Yorkshire Police told people to avoid badly affected areas and not to cross a bridge in the town that is believed to have been damaged during the deluge.

The return of flooding following an extended period of warm weather may also remind Brits of the importance to take precautions wherever they can, with motorists perhaps servicing their cars regularly and taking out the best breakdown cover for their needs to provide more peace of mind.

Todmorden experienced the floods following a day of heavy rain and storms that affected much of the UK.

Three Environment Agency flood warnings are in place that call for immediate action - two on the River Spodden in Whitworth, Lancashire, and one at Walsden in Todmorden - along with eight flood alerts elsewhere in the country.

However, weather experts expect the warm conditions to return later in the week with temperatures of up to 30C (86F) forecast for the South East on Thursday.