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UK floods: Families leave their homes

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There are hundreds of flood warnings and alerts in place in England and Wales

Emergency teams are working hard to help people to leave their homes across the north of England, as record amounts of rainfall over Christmas caused serious flooding.

River water in Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Yorkshire has reached high levels and some rivers have even burst their banks.

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The Army was called in to protect parts of Cumbria against further flooding and help with the clean up.

Prime Minister David Cameron said that more troops will be sent out to help and thanked the emergency services for all their hard work.

The Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) has announced that they will send 500 extra troops to help people in the most affected areas.

Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss has been talking about what is being done to help.

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What is being done to help

Hundreds of flood warnings and alerts were sent out for England, Wales and Scotland, including more than 20 severe warnings which means there could be a danger to people.

Thousands of homes were left without power and it could stay that way until Monday.

The weather should get better in the next couple of days.

Mountain Rescue teams and soldiers help people to evacuate their homes in York as flood waters rise.Getty Images
Mountain Rescue teams and soldiers help people to leave their homes in York as flood waters rise.
A man paddles his kayak along a flooded street in York, EnglandGetty Images
A man paddles his kayak along a flooded street in York, England
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People carrying their belongings through a flooded street in Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire
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Parts of Cumbria have been flooded three times in less than a month.
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The River Calder bursts its banks in Mytholmroyd flooding many houses.
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The Environment Agency has sent out high powered pumps to clean up flood water.
People look out from their windows and are trapped by flood water as the River Calder bursts its bank's in Mytholmroyd, England.Getty Images
People are trapped by flood water as the River Calder bursts its bank in Mytholmroyd, England.