Heavy rains have brought yet more flooding and misery to the UK. With up to 40 mm of water an hour being dumped in some areas, roads and homes have once again been badly affected. The Highways Agency has warned drivers not to set out without checking local weather forecasts as some routes are described as treacherous.
The worst-affected regions are the Midlands and the southwest of England. Dozens of drivers were forced to spend the night in their cars as parts of the motorway, the M5, were closed due to abandoned vehicles. Last month was the wettest ever June since UK records began in 1914. Over the last few weeks flooding has damaged nearly 30,000 homes and 7,000 businesses with a clean-up bill expected to top over two billion euros.