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Homes ruined as water levels rise

People use sandbags as makeshift flood defences. Credit: ITV Anglia.

Dozens of homes have been ruined after water levels rose following heavy rain across the region.

Areas of Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire were most heavily affected and with 18 flood warnings still in place tonight - the EnvironmentAgency is warning there could be more to come.

Sarah Cooper reports.

VIDEO: ITV Anglia cameras capture public (and their dogs) coping with floodwaters

ITV Anglia cameras have been out in the patch today taking video of the high water levels throughout the region.

Here are some shots they captured at Billing Aquadrome in Northamptonshire (which had to be evacuated due to high water levels) and Alconbury in Cambridgeshire.

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One person rescued in Milton Keynes floods

Floodwaters are causing problems in north Buckinghamshire as Thames Valley Police say they had to rescue someone stuck in Newport Pagnell.

PICTURES: Evacuations take place as flooding continued overnight and into today

Heavy rains yesterday and overnight brought flooding to parts of the region.

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue tweeted pictures of their rescue work in Alconbury from the last 24 hours.

Firefighters were called to help residents stuck in homes. Credit: Cambs Fire and Rescue.
Surface run off caused flash floods on streets mainly in Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire. Credit: Cambs Fire and Rescue.
The Environment Agency said the floods should subside quickly. Credit: Cambs Fire and Rescue.

Flash floods in north Northamptonshire

Flooding in north Northamptonshire village, Clipston.

The Environment Agency says 'surface water' is to blame for floods in Northamptonshire this afternoon, as train delays are reported and floodwater breaches homes.

They are reassuring the public that no rivers have burst their banks and that the flooding should subside fairly quickly, although more rain is predicted for the afternoon.

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Homes flooded as heavy rains bring high water across region

Floodwaters have breached some homes.

Heavy rains have brought flooding to parts of Northamptonshire as the Environment Agency warn immediate action is necessary.

Multiple flood alerts and warnings are in place.

The areas most severely affected are currently around the Northampton Washland at the Cogenhoe Mill Caravan Site and Clipston.

This map shows where the most severe warnings are in place. Credit: Environment Agency.

For up to date Government advice and news on the floods across our region click here and for more information on what the warnings mean click here.

Weather warning of heavy rain in parts of the Anglia region

A Met Office yellow weather warning is in force for heavy rain and in the risk of flooding in parts of the Anglia region on Wednesday.

The warning is valid until 3pm and covers Milton Keynes, Northamptonshire and parts of Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.

A yellow weather warning is in force for Wednesday in parts of the Anglia region. Credit: Met Office

The Met Office says persistent rain, heavy at times, is expected from the early hours of Wednesday, continuing during the morning before slowly easing in the afternoon.

Accompanied by windy conditions, this rain is likely to produce some flooding and difficult driving conditions.

"A depression developing west of Britain during Tuesday afternoon is expected to reach southwestern UK late on Tuesday evening or very early Wednesday and then continue slowly eastwards into southern England before turning south and gradually moving away into France later on Wednesday.

"The associated frontal system is expected to be an active feature associated with some heavy rain and hill snow, whilst the highest winds are expected in the southwestern quadrant of this depression.

"Widespread rainfall accumulations of 20 to 30 mm are expected, and very locally 50 to 60 mm could fall."

– Met Office Chief Forecaster's assessment
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