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Old 20-06-2005, 10:13   #1 (permalink)
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Heavy storms spark Flash floods

Heavy storms spark Flash floods

Its crazy that we have a little hot weather in the Uk and people suffer and die due to flash floods.
This is from the BBC. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/n...re/4109692.stm

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Residents hit by flash floods that struck North Yorkshire are beginning a massive clean-up operation. Villages were cut off, roads washed away and nine people were reported missing during a night of heavy storms

Two RAF helicopters were scrambled to rescue the missing people when they were tracked down in the market town of Helmsley, which was worst hit. The flooding followed a weekend of high temperatures across the UK which left four people dead from drowning.

In Yorkshire, drivers were forced to abandon their cars and climb trees to escape rising waters after the River Rye burst its banks. The flood waters forced many residents to leave their homes and spend the night in the town hall. The downpour over the North York Moors cut off a number of villages, with Selby, Thirsk, Carlton and Sutton-under-Whitestonecliffe among those affected.

Early on Monday, North Yorkshire Police said the A170 and B1257 roads remained closed. The bridge leading into Helmsley was described as looking perilous. A spokesman said the roads would remain closed for "quite some time", although the flood waters had reached their peak just after 0130 BST and were "going down satisfactorily". The storms first hit the area at about 1700 BST on Sunday. RAF crews from North Yorkshire and Wales scoured the area and rescued people from cars, trees and the roofs of isolated homes.

One elderly woman who had suffered a heart attack was winched to safety in the village of Hawnby, which was reported to have been cut off. Carol Swift, a fish and chip shop owner in Helmsley, said the town had been devastated by the flood.

The waters threatened to engulf the bridge over the River Rye - the only way into the town.

"The water is right up to the top of the bridge, I've never seen anything like it," she said. "But everyone will rally round in Helmsley, we shall recover very quickly from this."

Drowning incidents

The weekend's heatwave led to four drowning incidents as people tried to cool off in the sea, in lakes and in rivers.

Two men drowned in Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire while the body of a 23-year-old man was pulled from the sea near Babbacombe in Devon.
A boy of 16 died in hospital after being pulled from the River Thames at Sunbury in Surrey.
I hope that any of our members that live in these areas are unaffected and are safe.
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I can safely say I've never seen rain or hailstones like it. It closed a few roads where I live but North Yorkshire has many areas where flooding is a problem. Thankfully all 9 people who were missing were rescued or found safe and well.

Some picures from Whitley Bay here... http://tynephoto.smugmug.com/gallery/603683 including a shot of mine in the local paper. (Every cloud has a silver lining springs to mind )
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Well the news on both counts is good, everyone is safe and you get a picture and some exposure in the local paper. Happy ending almost.

I had a look at your other photos in the gallery as well, some great captures there buddy. [smilie=t:
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