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Helicopter sent in to help people trapped by floods

Waders on: A woman carries empty sandbags through Sileby, Leicestershire PICTURE: SWNS

TORRENTIAL rain brought flash flooding and disruption to many parts of Britain yesterday.

There were 70 flood warnings and 184 flood alerts in force by 10.30am.

Police declared a ‘major incident’ when a coastguard helicopter was brought in over the village of Laxey on the Isle of Man to help people trapped in their homes after a river burst its banks and surged through the streets.

Witness Julie Graham tweeted about ‘horrendous conditions’, but said: ‘The emergency services are doing an amazing job.’ On the mainland, Northern Rail said the line between Hexham and Carlisle was blocked after a reported landslip at Wetherall.

Heavy flooding was also reported in the village of Cossington, Leicestershire.

Forecasters were expecting up to 2in of rain in a few hours in some areas.

Paddle power: Firefighters make their way through a street in Cossington PICTURE: SWNS

Fine weather is predicted today, which will give way to further wind and rain as the remains of Hurricane Lorenzo lashes the UK from later on tomorrow.