Landslide and flooding as heavy rain hits UK
- 5 August 2012
- From the section UK
Heavy rain has led to flooding and disruption in some parts of the UK.
Parts of south-west England and the Scottish borders were badly affected by two overnight storm fronts, while parts of Wales have been hit by heavy rain.
A family were trapped in their home following a landslip in Portbury near Bristol at 20:30 BST on Saturday.
A flood warning is in place for Brough Beck at Catterick in North Yorkshire, with 26 flood alerts across Britain.
Thirteen 13 areas are on flood alert in England and Wales, 11 of which are for south-west England.
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has 13 flood alerts in place across the whole of Scotland, for Sunday into the early hours of Monday.
The affected areas include Dumfries and Galloway, the Borders and South Lanarkshire.
About 80 calls for assistance were received by emergency services from residents in Nailsea, near Bristol, on Saturday after homes were flooded.
Firefighters spent six hours pumping water from flooded homes from the town.
In nearby Portbury, search-and-rescue crews spent two hours at the scene of a landslip, which brought soil, rocks and fallen trees down on to a country lane.
A 4x4 vehicle was used to clear debris to make Failand Lane passable, with help from a local farmer and his tractor.
A spokesman for Avon Fire and Rescue said the service had had "an extremely busy night".
"As a result of the heavy rains and the run-off surface water from the surrounding fields, we had some major landslips within the lane," said a spokesman.
Fire crews and urban search and rescue teams then checked whether the slide had covered anyone that might have been in the lane.
"Very fortunately, after extensive searching, the area was declared clear," the spokesman added.
Elsewhere in the south-west, the Brook River in the centre of Dawlish burst its banks after river levels rose by about 2ft (60cm).
Devon Fire and Rescue Service said it had been alerted to flooding incidents in Chudleigh, Bideford and Holsworthy.
In Kingsteignton, water was reported coming into the ground floor of homes near the town's Sandygate Inn, with firefighters helping to evacuate homes.
Six firefighters helped two people after their car became trapped in water on the A3072 at Redpost, near Bude, Cornwall.
Meanwhile in Scotland, the border town of Jedburgh has been badly affected by rising waters, after the River Jed burst its banks.
The town's High Street has been flooded, and at least three people trapped in the houses, according to Lothian and Borders Fire Brigade.
Nigel Goody, from Sepa, said: "Scotland has been experiencing slow moving heavy thundery showers in Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders, and there is the potential for further local problems caused by surface water and small watercourses, depending where more rain falls.
"Sepa is continuing to monitor all river levels and will issue further flood messages if appropriate."
The Met Office has issued an amber rain warning for Strathclyde and south-west Scotland.
The warning said: "Slow moving, heavy showers through the day and into the night time period are likely to cause flooding in places.
"The public are advised to be prepared for the risk of disruption from surface water flooding."
In Wales, the A477 between St Clears and Red Roses in Carmarthenshire was closed due to flooding and a fallen tree, and a replacement bus service for train passengers was in place between Carmarthen and Tenby.
Mid and West Wales Fire Service dealt with more than 70 calls between 08:00 BST and 14:00 BST on Sunday.
The service said flash flooding in Narberth, Pembrokeshire affected six homes and 21 caravans, and fire boats have been used to rescue some stranded motorists.
In the north-east of England, torrential downpours caused flash flooding and travel disruption around Newcastle and Tyneside.
Later, Northumbria Police said most routes in its area had been reopened but the Swing Bridge, linking Gateshead to Newcastle near the Tyne Bridge, remained closed due to debris caused by the flash flood.
The inside of Newcastle railway station was underwater for a time, with walkways cordoned off to allow the clean up to take place.
Meanwhile in Cheshire, police are advising drivers to avoid the Chester area due to flash flooding.
The horse racing meet at Chester Races was abandoned after the third race due to "adverse weather conditions", and police warned of heavy congestion in area as spectators made their way home.