Hundreds evacuated from homes and businesses

Hundreds of people were forced to evacuate their homes and businesses in Yorkshire on Monday as relentless rain burst river banks in Leeds.

Road links in the region were cut and rail tracks flooded as sandbags were set up around properties and businesses. In Silsden, West Yorkshire, about 100 workers had to be evacuated from a factory.

The Met has issued 70 flood warnings across the UK and two severe warnings in the Midlands and East Anglia. The severe warning is in place for the River Severn from Upper Arley to Bevere including Upper Arley, Bewdley, Stourport-On-Severn, Astley Burf, Shrawley, Holt Heath, Hawford and Grimley.

The ABI said the situation has not reached the magnitude of the summer flood crisis but ground saturation left over from June and July could lead to disaster if the rain persists.

A spokesman said: “The ABI is monitoring the situation.”

Around five million people, in two million properties, live in flood risk areas in England and Wales.