England weather: Heavy rain causes floods and travel chaos

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Image caption Some commuters in Birmingham were undeterred by the flooding

Heavy rain is causing travel problems and flash flooding across England.

Twelve flood warnings and 39 flood alerts have been put in place by the Environment Agency.

The Met Office has a yellow rain warning covering most of the country in force until 23:00 BST.

Floods have been reported on roads in Southampton, Birmingham and Liverpool, while Transport for London (TfL) said a number of roads across the capital were also affected by flooding.

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Image caption Flooding has also hit roads in Southampton

A flood warning is in place in Crawley for the Ifield Brook and River Mole at Ifield and the River Mole at Lowfield Heath.

Flooding is also expected on the upper Frome, between Maiden Newton and Dorchester, in Dorset and on the Grace Dieu Brook, between Whitwick and Thringstone, in Leicestershire.

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Media captionHeavy rain brings flash flooding to Wellingborough

Edwinstone and Ollerton in Nottinghamshire are also at risk of flooding from the River Maun, as are areas around the Whinney Brook at Maghull in Sefton, Merseyside, and Wash Dike in Pontefract, West Yorkshire.

Warnings are also in place for the River Tame at Hams Hall, Water Orton, Whitacre and Nether Whitacre in Warwickshire, and the Blackburn and Charlton Brooks, between Chapeltown and North Ecclesfield, near Sheffield.

National Rail warned of major disruption between Birmingham Snow Hill and Stourbridge earlier due to a tree blocking the line.

Southampton City Centre has seen problems with several cars having broken down in water on Millbrook Road West.

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Image caption The flooding in Southampton caused major problems for commuters
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Image caption The torrential downpours saturated pedestrians in Birmingham city centre

Motorists have also been advised to avoid the road between Waterhouse Lane and Paynes Road.

Roads have flooded in the Longbridge area of Birmingham, while Mersey Fire and Rescue Service reported vehicles trapped in floodwater in the Queens Drive and West Derby areas of Liverpool.

A service spokesman urged drivers to “please take extra care”, adding: “Slow down, increase your distances, switch your lights on and please don’t drive into floodwater.”

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Media captionHeavy rain causes flooding in Liverpool (Credit: Liverpool Echo)

About 2in (49.6mm) of rain fell in the six hours before 09:00 at Boscombe Down in Wiltshire, according to the Met Office.

Spokesman Grahame Madge said it was a “significant” amount of rain.

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Image caption A road has been partially flooded at Colnbrook in West London

He said the band of rain was “transient” and, having started in the South West, has moved to the Midlands before hitting the North later in the day.

He said some other areas could expect to see the same amount of rain as Boscombe Down.

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Image caption Roads were also affected in Liverpool

In Harrogate, the fan zone for the UCI Road World Championships has been closed due to the “heavy rain”.

The cycling action can still be seen on West Park and Parliament Street, organisers said.

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Image caption A road has flooded in the Longbridge area of Birmingham



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