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More rain expected after floods

Heavy rain has brought more flooding to parts of the UK over the last few days. Hebden Bridge has been among the areas hardest hit. More rain has been forecast for today

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Environment Agency: 'More flood warnings likely'

The Environment Agency has said the areas most likely to be hit by severe flooding include Derbyshire, Lancashire, South and West Yorkshire, Staffordshire, Greater Manchester, Blackburn, Blackpool, Warrington, Cheshire and Halton.

A pedestrian has his route blocked on Manchester Road in Handforth, Cheshire. Credit: Press Association

There are currently three flood warnings for potential river flooding and 89 less serious flood alerts, but the Environment Agency said many more were likely to be issued today in the face of the torrential rain.

A van makes its way along Manchester Road in Handforth, Cheshire after heavy rain caused flooding. Credit: Press Association

The agency also warned of surface water flooding when drains become overwhelmed by too much rain. The public has been warned to take care near floodwater and not to take risks walking or driving through floods.

Forecasters said large parts of northern England had already received 15-20 mm (0.6-0.8 inches) of rain, with some areas seeing as much as an inch of rainfall this morning.

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