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Saturday, 9 June 2012

Unseasonal UK summer weather causes flooding

Severe weather has affected parts of the UK this weekend. The worst affected areas have been in Mid-Wales where The Environment Agency said "up to five inches" (12cm) of rain fell in the area in 24 hours

Rescue helicopter footage:

The River Leri burst its banks overnight under pressure from the driving rain and winds of up to 70mph, as homes in villages across the area were battered by the elements.

The worst-hit areas were several parks and river-side properties, including the Riverside Caravan Park in Llandre where struggling families were rescued by lifeboats and three people had to be airlifted from the roofs of caravans and other mobile and static homes.

Between 4ft and 5ft of water has been reported as running through the nearby town of Talybont, leading to a crowd of about 30 local people seeking refuge in the local community hall.

BBC News VIDEO - Flood water sweeps through homes

Dyfed Powys Police said they believed 1,000 people had been evacuated in total from Ceredigion and parts of Powys.

Interactive map of worst affected areas

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So why have parts of the UK been hit by the unseasonably wet and windy weather?
Watch this video to find out more:

VIDEO - Jet stream driving stormy weather

Additional information:
BBC News article and video: Clean up operation begins

Sources – BBC News, Telegraph, Metro, Google Maps

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