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Flood and heavy rain warnings for England

  • 6-11-2012

Severe weather warnings and flood alerts are in place across England as residents begin to assess the damage caused to their homes by flooding.

The Met Office has forecast heavy rain for the East, South West and South East of England including London.

In England 33 flood alerts and one flood warning have been issued by the Environment Agency.

Across the country homes, roads and a hospital have all been flooded with train services also affected.

Debris on motorway

In North Yorkshire fire engines were called in to pump water out of properties after flash flooding.

Incidents were reported in the v

Police said the closure followed at least three collisions. The road was reopened at 03:00 BST.

In east Leeds, firefighters pumped water from flooded homes after drains backed up in Swillington and Garforth where some residents spent the night away from their homes.

A hospital and homes in West Sussex were flooded after heavy rain overnight.

illage of Boroughbridge, while there was flooding in 15 homes in the Badger Hill district of York.

The Environment Agency said a flood alert was in place for the River Foss in York.

Several homes were flooded in West Yorkshire as well where the rain also led to the partial closure of a motorway.

The M1 was closed between junctions 48 and 45 southbound and between junctions 43 and 46 northbound after flooding left debris on the carriageways.

Fire crews were called to Worthing Hospital at 23:31 BST on Sunday where there was up to 3ft (0.9m) of water in the basement and lift shaft.

More than 20 basement flats on the seafront were evacuated in Littlehampton after flooding.

No one was injured but people are being urged to stay out of floodwater which is 4ft (1.2m) deep because there is a danger of lifted manhole covers and water contaminated with sewage.

A temporary rest centre has been set up at the town's Inspire Leisure Centre.

Also in West Sussex rescue teams were deployed to move a flock of 40 sheep to higher ground after reports they were at risk from rising flood waters at Kirdford, near Petworth.

In Sheffield the A61 Penistone Road currently has one lane closed northbound at the A6102 Parkside Road junction because of flooding.

Also in the city, firefighters diverted flood water, which was heading towards an electrical sub-station in Middlewood Drive East.

Water was pumped from 12 flooded homes in the Beeston Square area of Athersley North, Barnsley.

Across South Yorkshire the fire service received 75 flood-related calls.

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