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Flash flooding hits market town

Torrential rain and flash flooding has caused major problems in a small town in West Yorkshire.

Parts of the market town of Todmorden were left under one and half feet of water, with roads and railway lines totally submerged.

The emergency services worked late into Monday evening to try to clear the water and deal with hazards such as partially-collapsed roads. This follows a day of severe rain across the UK with heavy, slow-moving and thundery showers crossing the country.

West Yorkshire Police are asking people to avoid areas in Todmorden that are badly affected and have said that waves from driving through the water can damage houses. They have also issued a warning for people not to cross a bridge in the town they believe may have been damaged.

Last year, the town experienced severe flooding and was visited by Prime Minister David Cameron, who met some of the people affected.

However, forecasters said the recent hot weather is expected to return later this week, with temperatures up to 30C in the South East on Thursday.

Paul Knightley, a senior forecaster with MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said: "There have been some nasty thunderstorms in the west country, around Bath and Bristol, and they are due to move on to the Midlands, North West, Northern Ireland and parts of Scotland."

A yellow warning of severe weather for rain in Northern Ireland was issued by the Met Office.

The Environment Agency had two flood alerts in place in England and Wales, where people should be prepared for possible flooding, on a stretch of the River Trent in Derbyshire, and of the Lower River Eden in Cumbria.

Mr Knightley said: "Some areas will see heavy rain on Tuesday, with temperatures a shade below what you would expect, but they will begin to rise on Wednesday, when it may reach 23 to 24C in the South East."

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