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UK flooding: Ferry stranded, roads closed, trains diverted

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Image caption Nearly 160 people on board a ferry will spend the night at sea having been unable to dock at Fishguard

Winter storms battering England and Wales have left a ferry stranded at sea, roads flooded and trains diverted.

Great Western Railway users have been urged not to travel to the west of England and south Wales, and a ferry has been unable to dock at Fishguard.

A tree fell on to overhead tram power cables in Greater Manchester and flood sirens have been sounded in Yorkshire.

Forecasters have warned that areas already flooded are at risk of more flooding in the next 24 hours.

Further wet weather is expected to sweep across the South West and move north, causing more disruption.

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Media captionGareth Simcock captured flooding in Mossley, Tameside

A Stena Europe ferry which left Ireland at 09:00 GMT was unable to dock at Fishguard, Pembrokeshire, "due to extreme weather conditions".

The ship left Rosslare with 87 passengers and 59 crew onboard and was due to dock at 12:30 on Monday.

After a second attempt to dock failed, it was decided to stay at sea overnight ahead of a third attempt scheduled for 12:00 on Tuesday.

At 23:00 on Monday, the Environment Agency had 72 flood warnings in place - meaning flooding is expected and immediate action is required - in England and Wales.

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Media captionMore flooding is forecast

Disruption across England and Wales

  • Police are searching the River Ogmore for a man who went missing in a flood-hit area of Bridgend
  • A pregnant woman and her one-year-old child have been rescued from a car that got stuck in flood water in Essex
  • Flood sirens were sounded in the Calder Valley in West Yorkshire, including the town of Hebden Bridge which took the brunt of last winter's floods
  • Bristol Temple Meads railway station is open following reports of its closure earlier due to overcrowding. However, passengers are being asked to queue outside the station
  • All rail lines are blocked between Bristol and Taunton because of flooding and trains between Bristol Parkway and Swindon are being diverted because of flooding in Chipping Sodbury
  • Trains between Cardiff and London Paddington have been cancelled and diversions are in place on other routes
  • Flooding on the railway at Whimple is causing disruption to trains between Exeter St Davids and Yeovil Junction
  • Roads are shut, including the A376 Exmouth Road heading towards Exeter and the road through Cheddar Gorge, Somerset
  • East Anglia, the Midlands, South East and Wales have a "be aware" warning where flooding is "possible"
  • Nine schools in Devon have been shut because of flooding
  • A driver had to be rescued from his van in St Clears, Carmarthenshire, after becoming stuck in flood water
  • The newly-renovated offices of the Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner have been flooded in Exeter
  • The East Didsbury Metrolink line in Manchester has been suspended after a tree was blown on to the overhead power lines at Withington
  • Three flood warnings have been issued for the River Calder in Todmorden, Calderdale, with all rail lines to Rochdale currently blocked with flood water
  • Firefighters helped rescue dogs from kennels in Mossley after the electrics in the building were affected by water
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Image caption Cars struggled through floodwater in Hollingworth, Greater Manchester
Image caption Mid and West Wales Fire Service were called out to rescue this van driver in Carmarthenshire
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Image caption Cars submerged at Whitchurch Lane, Bristol
Image caption GWR blamed "slippery rails" for rail disruption between Par and Plymouth

Flash flooding has also caused problems in the North West. A tree fell on to overhead power lines in Withington, Manchester, causing damage to a tram on the Metrolink. No-one was injured.

Areas of Tameside including Stalybridge have also been affected and there are flood alerts in place in Bacup, Lancashire.

In Yorkshire, people living in the Calder Valley, including the town of Hebden Bridge which was devastated by flooding last Christmas, have been warned to expect the rivers to flood.

The Trans-Pennine Express has also been affected with passengers urged not to travel.

Power cuts

Storm Angus had already brought gusts of more than 80mph and caused power cuts for more than 1,000 homes in the South West on Sunday.

Flooding shut roads and the wind brought down power cables in Devon.

Eleven crew members also had to be rescued from a cargo ship after it crashed into a stone barge off the coast of Dover and began taking on water.

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Image caption The cargo ship - the Saga Sky - was damaged after hitting a barge carrying rocks on Sunday
Image caption Cars in Exeter were caught in flash floods on Sunday
Image caption Storm Angus brought gusts of more than 80mph

The Environment Agency said it was preparing to put up temporary defences "where necessary" and that rivers had been cleared to make sure water could flow freely.

Motorists are being warned not to drive through floodwater and residents in at-risk areas have been advised to contact their local councils for sandbags to protect their homes.


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