Flash flooding in North Yorkshire leaves roads like rivers and causes bridge to collapse

Communities in the Yorkshire Dales have been hit by flash flooding and hail storms as forecasters warned that parts of Britain could face more "persistent and heavy" rain.

The Met Office has said storms could dump up to 1.6in (40mm) of rain in two hours in places on Wednesday.

Reports of flash floods washing away roads and inundating houses came in from across North Yorkshire on Tuesday night and early on Wednesday morning.

Damage to a bridge in the Swaledale area of North Yorkshire caused by flood water on Tuesday, after parts of the region had up to 82.2mm of rain in 24 hours. Credit: Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said it received around 115 calls to flooding incidents in Leyburn and Reeth on Tuesday evening.

A spokesman said: "We had several appliances as well as our swift water rescue teams and high volume pumping appliance within the area attending various incidents involving flooded properties and cars stuck in flood water."

Pictures and videos on social media showed widespread flooding across the Swaledale area in the Yorkshire Dales.

A damaged road and floodwater on the B6270 between Downhome and Grinton, North Yorkshire Credit: @OscarRomeo1268

Roads resembled rivers, with many cars stranded, and fields were under water.

Pictures on the Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team Facebook page showed a bridge that had collapsed on the road between Grinton and Leyburn.

In a post on Tuesday evening, the team said: "Please note heavy flooding on all roads in the Swaledale area only travel if essential as many routes impassable.

"Although water levels are slowly easing some bridges are out and lots of debris on the roads."

The Brymor Ice Cream parlour, near Masham, was caught in a freak hail storm which left some customers with minor injuries.

The attraction posted on Facebook: "Earlier today along with other areas of the region the farm here at Brymor was severely affected by the storms and flash floods.

"Our parlour suffered damage to the roof, power failures and some visitors suffered minor injuries.

"Our team of staff acted as quickly and professionally as possible to ensure all our visitors were made safe.

"We hope everyone made it home safely and we are sorry the extreme weather caused distress to visitors in the local area today."

Train passengers faced disruption after a landslip between Carlisle and Skipton.

Northern Rail said trains had been suspended between Ribblehead and Kirkby Stephen.

Malham Tarn, in the Yorkshire Dales, had 3.2in (82.2mm) of rain in 24 hours, the majority in the space of four hours. The monthly average in the area for this time of year is 3.5in (89mm).