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Flood misery as torrential rain hits UK

Flood misery as torrential rain hits UK
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Flooding across the UK is causing widespread misery.

Among the worst hit areas are York where the Ouse which runs through the centre of the historic city has burst its banks, the Welsh border and Northumberland.

John Best moved to Morpeth in Northumblerland two years ago after his last house was hit by the 2008 floods. Now he finds himself in the same situation again – one of hundreds whose homes have been ruined in just two days.

“I’m not someone who is normally emotional or gets shocked by things but you’ve got that constant turning in your stomach because you know what the next few months are going to entail,” he said. “It’s not good.”

Roads and railways across the region have been affected as up to a month’s rainfall fell in just 24 hours.

Emergency workers have been using boats to rescue those stranded in their homes, but businesses are being hit as well and the weathermen say it is not over yet.

The rivers Ouse and Severn are set to rise even further, potentially causing more flooding as the water moves downstream.