Hundreds evacuated in northern England floods

January 21, 2008 17:16

Firefighters said they evacuated hundreds of people Monday from homes and businesses in flood-hit areas in northern England. About 60 homes were flooded near Huddersfield, 305 kilometers northwest of London, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said. In nearby Silsden, 100 people were evacuated from a factory. The Environment Agency has issued warnings for several communities in the region, warning that river levels were expected to peak Tuesday. About 30 millimeters to 50 millimeters of rain was expected Monday. "Some flooding is likely to happen in the region, but at this stage it is not thought to be as widespread or significant as the summer floods," the agency's regional flood risk manager Mark Tinnion said.

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