UK weather: Rising waters trap Isle of Man residents in their homes

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Britain is on high alert for flooding today as a further two inches of rain falls on the deluged country in two hours.

A helicopter was brought in to help people trapped in houses on the Isle of Man as a river burst its banks causing 'horrendous conditions', with police telling residents to 'go upstairs and await rescue'.

The flooding shut roads and schools as fire crews attempted to evacuate locals in the village of Laxey, while officers told motorists to take extreme caution due to huge amounts of surface water amid a 'major incident'.

The storms come as parts of northern England and the Midlands struggle to cope with flash flooding following days of heavy rain – with the severe conditions causing problems for travellers on the roads and railways.

A digger has been washed into a river in the Isle of Man today following heavy rain on the island in recent days

A digger has been washed into a river in the Isle of Man today following heavy rain on the island in recent days

Residents on the Isle of Man are left trapped in their homes and told by police to 'go upstairs and await rescue' today

Residents on the Isle of Man are left trapped in their homes and told by police to 'go upstairs and await rescue' today

A major incident is declared on the Isle of Man today as firefighters attempt to evacuate locals in the village of Laxey

A major incident is declared on the Isle of Man today as firefighters attempt to evacuate locals in the village of Laxey

Motorists make their way through flooded roads after heavy rainfall overnight in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear

Motorists make their way through flooded roads after heavy rainfall overnight in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear

Commuters shelter from the rain under umbrellas at Queen Square in Bristol as the country is hit by torrential rain today

Commuters shelter from the rain under umbrellas at Queen Square in Bristol as the country is hit by torrential rain today

A car drives through a flooded road in the village of Bubnell in Derbyshire this morning as rain continues to fall in the region

A car drives through a flooded road in the village of Bubnell in Derbyshire this morning as rain continues to fall in the region

Carlisle East Fire Station tweeted this photograph of flooding this morning in Carlisle after weather warnings were imposed

Carlisle East Fire Station tweeted this photograph of flooding this morning in Carlisle after weather warnings were imposed

A canoeist paddles down Blakeney High Street past Blakeney Hotel as the water floods over the quay in Norfolk this morning

A canoeist paddles down Blakeney High Street past Blakeney Hotel as the water floods over the quay in Norfolk this morning

Pedestrians shelter from the rain under umbrellas while crossing a bridge in Bristol this morning amid heavy downpours

Pedestrians shelter from the rain under umbrellas while crossing a bridge in Bristol this morning amid heavy downpours

The Environment Agency issued more than 250 flood alerts and warnings for England, with thousands of people last night warned to evacuate their homes amid fears the North Sea could breach coastal defences.

A severe rain warning was imposed by the Met Office for southern England and Wales until 8pm tonight amid fears deep floodwater could cause 'danger to life' and some communities could become cut off by flooded roads.

Northern Rail said the Maryport to Carlisle line was badly affected with replacement buses operating in some sections. It said the line is also blocked between Hexham and Carlisle following a reported landslip at Wetherall.

There has also been flooding at Thackley, between Leeds and Carlisle, and the operator's services were suspended between Stockport and Macclesfield due to problems with lineside equipment. 

Met Office weather warning

Met Office forecast for today

The Met Office has forecast heavy rain for England and Wales today, with a weather warning in place for the South (left)

The Environment Agency has imposed more than 250 flood warnings (in red) or alerts (in orange) for England today

The Environment Agency has imposed more than 250 flood warnings (in red) or alerts (in orange) for England today

Canal and River Trust staff inspect the heavily flooded Naburn Lock along the River Ouse just outside York this morning

Canal and River Trust staff inspect the heavily flooded Naburn Lock along the River Ouse just outside York this morning

After hours of torrential rain in parts of England, the River Ouse in York city centre has broken its banks this morning

After hours of torrential rain in parts of England, the River Ouse in York city centre has broken its banks this morning

A woman looks out from her umbrella as she braves the weather conditions on Whitley Bay seafront in Tyne and Wear today

A woman looks out from her umbrella as she braves the weather conditions on Whitley Bay seafront in Tyne and Wear today

The River Avon has burst its banks, causing flooding at a number of locations across Bristol overnight, including Henbury

The River Avon has burst its banks, causing flooding at a number of locations across Bristol overnight, including Henbury

A Land Rover drives through deep flood water which has deluged the village of Colston Bassett in Nottinghamshire today

A Land Rover drives through deep flood water which has deluged the village of Colston Bassett in Nottinghamshire today

Morning commuters make their way through a heavy rain shower in Birmingham under an umbrella today

Morning commuters make their way through a heavy rain shower in Birmingham under an umbrella today

It said: 'Heavy rain and flooding is, again, impacting Northern's ability to operate services this morning. Delays and short notice cancellations are likely across the region as rain continues to fall on already soaked ground.'

Heavy showers affected South Wales and South West England this morning before spreading to other parts of southern England later on, peaking across the South East of the country during the afternoon.

The rain will become heavy with up to 2in (50mm) of rain possible in two hours in some areas, along with lightning and hail. It will clear from the West and the North this afternoon but persist in the South East into the evening.

Some regions could see the equivalent of two weeks' worth of rain in less than an hour. Met Office meteorologist Luke Miall said: 'We could see some local quite torrential downpours and a risk of surface water flooding.'

The River Ouse in York city centre has burst its banks today following heavy rainfall in North Yorkshire and other areas

The River Ouse in York city centre has burst its banks today following heavy rainfall in North Yorkshire and other areas

Canal and River Trust staff inspect the heavily flooded Naburn Lock along the River Ouse outside York this morning

Canal and River Trust staff inspect the heavily flooded Naburn Lock along the River Ouse outside York this morning

A fire engine outside a house which has suffered flooding this morning in Carlisle as Cumbria is hit by the bad weather

A fire engine outside a house which has suffered flooding this morning in Carlisle as Cumbria is hit by the bad weather

A heavily flooded Naburn Lock along the River Ouse outside York this morning as heavy rain continues to batter the region

A heavily flooded Naburn Lock along the River Ouse outside York this morning as heavy rain continues to batter the region

People brave the weather conditions and try to ignore the heavy rainfall as they stroll along Whitley Bay seafront today

People brave the weather conditions and try to ignore the heavy rainfall as they stroll along Whitley Bay seafront today

A heavily flooded Naburn Lock along the River Ouse outside York in North Yorkshire this morning

A heavily flooded Naburn Lock along the River Ouse outside York in North Yorkshire this morning

Morning commuters make their way through a heavy rain shower in Birmingham today as they take cover under coats

Morning commuters make their way through a heavy rain shower in Birmingham today as they take cover under coats

A Jaguar is stuck in deep floodwater which has hit the village of Colston Bassett in Nottinghamshire this morning

A Jaguar is stuck in deep floodwater which has hit the village of Colston Bassett in Nottinghamshire this morning

A morning commuter gets soaked despite wearing a jacket as people their way through a heavy shower in Birmingham today

A morning commuter gets soaked despite wearing a jacket as people their way through a heavy shower in Birmingham today

A Land Rover drives through deep flood water which has affected the Nottinghamshire village of Colston Bassett today

A Land Rover drives through deep flood water which has affected the Nottinghamshire village of Colston Bassett today

He warned that slow moving clouds meant 'we could see as much as 40mm to 50mm maybe in a couple of hours in some spots'. The Met Office issued a warning for Wales,

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