Britain experiencing record rain and floods, army deployed

Britain and especially northern England have been hit by heavy rain and severe flooding, prompting people in a number of towns and villages to leave their homes on Saturday.

Flood warnings have been issued in hundreds of locations throughout Britain, with warnings that flooding could at times be life-threatening, and that people should avoid taking to the roads whenever possible.

"A severe flood warning means danger to life. It doesn't mean 'come and have a look'," Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service warned residents in a tweet.

Lee Fraser of the West Yorkshire area in northern England told the Press Association of nearby roads being submerged by floods: "It's been raining really heavily since last night. The siren went off at about 7 am this morning and 10 minutes later everything started flooding."

A number of Boxing Day sporting events have been called off.

The British government also has the military involved in building temporary flood defences in the north-west and evacuating residents in Lancashire.

Local police have reported that so far rainfall has already passed record levels, and that a further 5 to 8 centimetres are expected by the end of the day on Saturday.

Last update: Sat, 26/12/2015 - 16:58

More from Europe

Italy police arrest seven linked to online global paedophile network

Seven paedophiles linked to a global online network that counted tens of thousands of affiliates have been arrested...

Turkey now top 10 destination for German arms amid refugee crisis

Turkey has jumped into the top 10 in the rankings of destinations for German arms exports as Ankara responds to...

EU proposes corporate tax reforms to cut red tape, tackle abuse

The European Commission unveiled proposals Tuesday aimed at streamlining corporate tax rules across EU member states...

EU Parliament lifts Le Pen immunity over alleged racial slur

The European Parliament on Tuesday lifted the immunity of Jean-Marie Le Pen, the founder of France's far-right...

Sweden lowers projection for number of asylum seekers in 2016

Tighter border checks introduced by the European Union and individual European states were Tuesday cited as the main...