Landslides and flash flooding hits parts of the UK

  • 5 August 2012
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Heavy rain in parts of England, Scotland and Wales overnight has caused landslides and flash flooding.

Homes and roads have become flooded and riverbanks have burst in areas of south-west England, the Scottish borders and parts of Wales.

One family in Portbury, near Bristol had to be rescued from their home after becoming trapped by a small landslide caused by road-soaked earth.

The Environment Agency has issued a flood warning in South Wales and 14 flood alerts, mainly for south-west England as the wet weather continues.