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Severe storms persist as weather warnings issued across country

A yellow weather warning was in place for large swathes of England and Wales.

Torrential downpours and localised flooding have continued to hit parts of the country after storms brought destruction to the south of England.

A yellow weather warning was in place for large swathes of England and Wales, with the Met Office predicting a month’s worth of rain could fall in some places in a matter of hours.

Denbighshire County Council in North Wales said a “significant amount of rain fell in the torrential storms over a short period of time”, and caused flash flooding predominately in the Rhyl, Prestatyn, Rhuddlan and St Asaph areas.

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Weather warning (PA graphic)

In a statement on their website, the authority said both Ysgol Clawdd Offa, Prestatyn and Prestatyn High School will be closed on Thursday following problems with flooding.

Prestatyn Leisure Centre was also closed on Wednesday evening, with issues also experienced at Nova, Prestatyn, Rhyl Leisure Centre and the North Wales Bowls Centre as a result of the weather.

The council said once the storms “moved north”, flood water levels dropped in the area but warned people to “remain vigilant”.

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service said it dealt with a “large volume of calls due to the heavy rainfall causing localised flooding”.

Motorists were also advised by North Wales Police to “take care” and for those walking in the downpour to put on a pair of wellies as the wet weather hit.

Flash flooding also hit parts of Lancashire, with reports of Devonshire Road in Blackpool and roads in Lancaster also being under water.

It comes after council leaders pledged “money won’t be a problem” to repair areas of South West England, including Coverack in west Cornwall, battered by storms on Tuesday.

Residents had to be winched to safety from their homes as floodwaters coursed through narrow lanes and turned roads into rivers.

Water had to be pumped out of a number of properties in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, after the fire service received more than 60 calls to the 999 line within an hour.

In Sussex, fire crews received 57 calls about flooding through the night.

The flash-flooding in Coverack was the worst to hit Cornwall during the summer since the Boscastle disaster in 2004, in which 440 million gallons of water swept through the town, causing millions of pounds worth of damage and leaving some residents too traumatised to talk about what they saw.

The cost of repairs and insurance in Coverack is already estimated to be over £1 million, with structural damage to roads and buildings in the area.

Residents and business owners affected have already been told council reserves will be used to help repair the damage.

Adam Paynter, leader of Cornwall Council, told BBC Radio Cornwall: “With things like this, money won’t be a problem – we do have reserves we can use for this type of incident.”

Speaking from the west Cornwall village, he added: “It’s been absolutely unbelievable to see. I think it’s going to take a little while to get this sorted out and tidied up but obviously the main thing is that nobody’s been injured and everybody is okay in the village.

“The council and the emergency services have done a great job, they’ve been here all night to ensure that everybody is safe and they are doing what they can to make sure everything can get back to normal as soon as possible.”

He also said “thankfully” no one was injured in the incident.

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