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Hundreds evacuated amid northern England floods

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By Natalie Huet  with APTN, The Telegraph, ITN
Hundreds evacuated amid northern England floods

Unprecedented flooding in northern England has forced hundreds of people to leave their homes over the weekend.

Torrential rain caused rivers to burst their banks in Yorkshire and Lancashire, and things could get worse as more downpour is forecast for the coming days.

Even city centres weren’t safe, with streets flooded in York, but also Leeds and Manchester.

The government held an emergency cabinet on Sunday (December 27), and promised more troops and more money to help the worst-hit areas. The government also pledged to review flood defences.

“At this time of year, we all feel huge sympathy for those who have been flooded and have had to leave their homes,” said Prime Minister David Cameron.

Christmas holidays were ruined for thousands as waters rose so fast in some areas that families couldn’t grab essentials before fleeing to safety.

As cars got trapped in the floodwaters, an elderly man in a submerged Land Rover had to be pulled through his sunroof to be saved.