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Heavy rains triggered floods in parts of northern England

Heavy rains triggered floods in parts of northern England on Saturday, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of homes and the deployment of army personnel to shore up overwhelmed defenses.

Lancashire in northwest England and Yorkshire in the northeast were the worst affected, with environment officials issuing more than 300 alerts in those areas, including 31 warnings of possible deadly floods.

The Met Office national weather service issued its most serious “red warning”, which calls on those in areas at risk to take action.

Around 10,000 homes in the region were without power after a substation was damaged, and many elderly and other vulnerable people were rescued from inundated homes by lifeboat.

In some areas water reached the lower windows of houses and shops, turning high streets into muddy waterways, and cars were abandoned after narrow country lanes turned into fast-flowing streams.

Underscoring the severity of the deluge, Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to visit the flood-hit region on Monday after chairing an emergency government COBRA committee meeting on Sunday.

An emergency meeting had also been held on Christmas Day.

“My thoughts are with people whose homes have been flooded. I’ll chair a COBRA call tomorrow to ensure everything is being done to help,” Cameron tweeted.

Officials are under pressure after similar flooding earlier this month in northwest England.

The floods in Cumbria caused damage estimated at hundreds of millions of pounds and turned many towns and villages into swamps, prompting angry accusations that the government had failed to spend enough on flood defenses.


16 years old boy murdered 61 years old teacher jailed for life

Ann Maguire had been a teacher at the school for 40 years

A 16-year-old boy has been given a life sentence after he admitted murdering Leeds teacher Ann Maguire. The boy stabbed Mrs Maguire, 61, in the neck and chased her from a room at Corpus Christi Catholic College, then sat at … read more

Manchester United vs Chelsea Live – 26 October 2014

Premier League preview: Manchester United welcome title favourites Chelsea to Old Trafford

By Betty Abdissa Watch Premier League match between Manchester United vs Chelsea live online for free at Old Trafford, Manchester on 26 October 2014. http://www.timesoccer.com/video/01/11-manchester-united-vs-chelsea-live-highlights.html   Manchester United vs Chelsea Competition: Premier League Match date: 26 October 2014 Kick Off Time: 16:00 BST Venue: Old Trafford, … read more

Jovetic brace lifts Man City over AC Milan in friendly

Pittsburgh (AFP) – English Premier League champions Manchester City cruised to a 5-1 triumph over Italy‘s AC Milan on Sunday in a weather-hit friendly at Heinz Field, home of the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers. Manuel Pellegrini’s men stormed into an early … read more

Steven Gerrard leaves England with tears for souvenirs

As Steven Gerrard soaked up thunderous applause from England’s supporters at full-time in Belo Horizonte, he looked surprised and relieved by the generous response to his team’s dismal World Cup campaign. London (AFP) The 17-minute substitute appearance in a meaningless … read more