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Cars submerged amid flooding in wake of Storm Brendan

Ploughing through: Vehicles negotiate the flooded B4069 road at Christian Malford in Wiltshire after the river Avon burst its banks PICTURES: PA

PARTS of the UK have been hit by flooding in the wake of Storm Brendan, with some drivers seeing their cars submerged in water.

The Environment Agency has issued flood warnings and alerts across the UK, with coastal areas particularly affected.

In Christchurch, Dorset, high tides flooded car parks by the quay, with the same happening in nearby Mudeford.

Abandoned: Cars left on a flooded road near Harbridge in Hampshire

Inland, the River Avon burst its bank in places on Wednesday morning, spilling on to roads near Chippenham, Wiltshire, and leaving some vehicles stranded.

‘The B4069 is almost impassable with rising water,’ said Paul Hill, 42, from Studley in Warwickshire.

‘Lot of very risk-taking drivers out there who seem to be diving headlong into the Avon and being surprised how deep it is.’

More to come: Wet and windy weather is expected to return tomorrow

Clear-up work has continued in Slough, Berkshire, after high winds blew a roof off a residential and commercial building on to the High Street on Tuesday.

Taxi driver Haris Baig, 30, said he had to slam on his brakes as a large section of roof crashed in front of him, saying: ‘It was a disaster. It was a miracle no-one was killed.’

Clean-up: A roof was blown off a building onto the road in Slough High Street

In Orpington, London, scaffolding collapsed overnight on Monday, closing Chelsfield Lane, but no-one was injured.

On Tuesday, a car was pictured in the sea during rising tides in Starr Gate near Blackpool, Lancashire, but was later recovered by the Coastguard.

High water: A flooded road near Wimborne in Dorset

Wet and windy conditions are expected to return on Thursday, beginning in Ireland and Scotland before pushing eastwards across the rest of the UK — with winds of around 50mph to 60mph on the Irish Sea and between 40mph and 50mph inland.

The Met Office added conditions are expected to settle on Friday and into the weekend, but temperatures are predicted to drop with an average of around 8C across the country.