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More gloom in June as rain floods back

WEATHER warnings were in place last night as thunderstorms, torrential rain and flooding were set to batter parts of the UK again.

Power cuts, train and bus delays — along with disruption to the roads — were also a possibility as the Met Office issued a yellow warning for the south-east, East Anglia, the East Midlands and the north-east.

‘There is a slight chance that power cuts could occur and other services to some homes and businesses could be lost,’ the Met added. Wainfleet in Lincolnshire was set to face further damage even after about 225 Olympic-sized swimming pools’ worth of water was pumped out to sea.

Police said almost 600 homes remained evacuated yesterday as the clean-up operation continued. About 350 tons of sand and ballast were dropped in the area by RAF Chinook helicopters at the weekend.

Doug Wilson, flood duty manager at the Environment Agency, said teams were ‘operating an ultra-high volume pump’ but the flood risk would remain until Saturday.

After two months’ worth of rain fell in two days, remaining residents have been asked to avoid using washing machines and sparingly use toilets and showers.

The Environment Agency said it was ‘ready to act as needed’ if more flooding hits the town.

Tomorrow, England and Wales will be dry and bright with isolated showers. Scotland and Northern Ireland will be bright with frequent heavy showers, some thundery.