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Isle of Man drivers warned over flood chaos

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Image caption The Silverburn river burst its banks, causing flooding in Ballasalla

Drivers have been advised only to make essential journeys after flooding brought chaos across the Isle of Man.

Emergency services had to rescue motorists trapped in flooding on Cooil Road, Douglas, as firefighters worked to clear Richmond Hill, which was said to be "virtually impassable".

Lake Road, close to the Tesco superstore, was described by police as "impassable".

The Silverburn river burst its banks, causing flooding in Ballasalla.

Police closed St Marks Road between the Mullinaragher Road and Orrisdale Road junctions due to severe flooding, with people told to avoid the area.

Amenity areas across the island have been issuing sand bags for residents concerned about rising water.

A police spokesman said: "Emergency Services including Police, Fire, Civil Defence and Highways Division are working as best as we can to help both property owners and motorists as quickly as we can.

"If you are travelling, please drive according to the conditions you are presented with."

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