More torrential rain causes new flooding, landslides and railway chaos

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Rain-soaked Britain is bracing itself for more disruption today after landslides and railway chaos overnight - while flood warnings remain in place for almost the whole of England. 

The Environment Agency (EA) has posted 147 current flood warnings - for which immediate action is required - with 145 in England and two in Wales, plus a further 177 alerts for possible flooding. 

They are in force across the south of the country from Cornwall to Kent, from Chester in the north-west to areas just north of Norwich and regions to the east of York, and most parts in between.

Meanwhile, several schools in Gloucester and Warwickshire remain closed today because of the poor weather conditions. 

Yesterday, the wet weather caused problems on the rail network, with the British Transport Police in Birmingham tweeting: 'We strongly advise people NOT to travel today unless it's absolutely necessary. Due to adverse weather a vast amount of trains are being cancelled or delayed due to flooding & landslides.' 

Today, the Met Office forecast 'rain at times, but not as heavy as recent days', before 'further rain' on Saturday in England and southern Scotland. 

It comes as the British Army deployed to the village of Fishlake, South Yorkshire, to oversee a major operation to pump water away from hundreds of flooded homes at the rate of 2.5 tonnes per second. 

A car floating down a flooded road in Hull last night. It was pictured by West Midlands Fire Service, whose members are helping their counterparts in Yorkshire with rescue work

A car floating down a flooded road in Hull last night. It was pictured by West Midlands Fire Service, whose members are helping their counterparts in Yorkshire with rescue work 

The Environment Agency (EA) has posted 147 current flood warnings - for which immediate action is required. Pictured is a scene last night in Beverley, Hull

The Environment Agency (EA) has posted 147 current flood warnings - for which immediate action is required. Pictured is a scene last night in Beverley, Hull 

A three-day forecasts shows Britain covered in thick cloud, heavy rain and snow showers on Friday, Saturday and Sunday

A three-day forecasts shows Britain covered in thick cloud, heavy rain and snow showers on Friday, Saturday and Sunday 

Today, the Met Office forecast 'rain at times, but not as heavy as recent days'. Pictured is a flooded road in Woodborough, Nottinghamshire, last night

Today, the Met Office forecast 'rain at times, but not as heavy as recent days'. Pictured is a flooded road in Woodborough, Nottinghamshire, last night

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