Alerts for southwest England after floods hit north

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Alerts for southwest England after floods hit north

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Flood alerts have been issued for southwest England as bad weather continues to sweep the country.

A month’s worth of rain in 24 hours caused severe flooding in northern England.

In the north, Lancashire and West Yorkshire have been worst hit. Two villages were completely cut off after rivers burst their banks. Some people were forced to leave their homes.

The government agency responsible for protecting the environment from flooding has been defending its response and preparations in the face of criticism, saying flood defences had spared thousands of homes.

Even hardened festivalgoers may have found this year’s Isle of Wight Festival a particular challenge.

There were complaints about a lack of foresight and preparation from the organisers. Extra police officers were drafted in as concern grew over how the music fans were going to get home at the end of the washout weekend.

As fields became seas of mud, cups of tea, wellington boots and good humour were essential ingredients of the festival survival kit.

Although some gave up, most people have stayed on to see the likes of Pearl Jam and Bruce Springsteen… and enjoy a traditionally British camping experience.