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Heavy downpours spark rescues and evacuations as flooding hits part of UK

Mandatory credit: @WilmslowFS, @ISRM1970, @Grumble82, @PoyntonFS Homes have been evacuated and stranded people rescued as heavy downpours caused flooding across parts of the UK. Flooding due to sustained rain disrupted all lines on the railway between Manchester Airport and Wilmslow early on Thursday, according to train operator Northern. A major incident was declared late on Wednesday in Poynton, Cheshire, due to "severe flooding". Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service said firefighters, emergency services personnel and staff from Highways England were helping those affected, with a rest centre established at Poynton Civic Hall. Police urged people not to ignore "road closed" signs by driving or walking through water.

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