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Homes have been evacuated, motorists stranded and trains cancelled as flooding hit parts of England.

The Environment Agency issued more than 20 flood warnings and nearly 70 alerts across the country.

The majority were across the Midlands and North West, although they extended as far as Northumberland and Christchurch in Dorset.

The Met Office gave yellow warnings for rain across Manchester, Liverpool and the North East.

Although the rain had eased off, river levels continued to rise and many flood warnings remained in place, the EA said.

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Parts of Warwickshire saw 30mm of rain fall in a 14-hour period

The River Steeping at Thorpe St Peter near Skegness, Lincolnshire, burst its banks on Wednesday night following heavy rain.

The rising river also caused problems in Wainfleet, where residents have been evacuated.

Jean Hart, who has lived in the town for 40 years, said it was the worst flooding she had ever seen.

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Jean Hart has been reunited with her cat Aurora after being evacuated from her home

“To see our house underwater is absolutely horrendous,” she said.

Emergency services have said they will rescue her tortoise Mr T from her home, while she has already been reunited with her cat Aurora.

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Jodie Ellis

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Jodie Ellis’s garden in Ventnor Rise, Nottingham, was badly flooded

The Cricket World Cup match between India and New Zealand at Trent Bridge in Nottingham has been delayed due to rain, with a pitch inspection due at 11:30 BST.

Rail services between Skegness and Boston have been suspended until Saturday due to flooding, while Merseyrail has cancelled some trains on the Chester and Ellesmere Port lines because of water on the tracks at Hooton.

The company said journeys “could be significantly longer” and has launched an amended timetable with replacement buses.

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Rail tracks were flooded at Hooton in Cheshire

Standing water is also causing problems on many North West roads, including the M53.

Health bosses are warning people heading to Arrowe Park Hospital to avoid using junction 3 of the motorway.

Motorists including a minibus of Indian tourists became trapped at Lambley, near Nottingham, overnight and were taken in by local residents.

Resident Malcolm Bamford said: “We had two in our house and the neighbours had three, and then there was a group of about eight Indian tourists in a little tiny bus and they all wanted to use the toilet.

“At one time we had about a dozen people in my little bungalow.”

In Derby, Oakwood Infant and Nursery school is closed today and tomorrow because of flood damage.

Trains are also expected to be disrupted all day between Worcestershire and Warwickshire.

National Rail Enquiries said heavy rain had flooded the tracks between Whitlocks End, near Solihull, and Stratford-upon-Avon.

Chillingham in Northumberland saw nearly 10mm of rainfall in the space of an hour on Thursday morning, the Met Office said.

The village had 73mm of rainfall over a 28-hour period – more than the 66.4mm average for the whole of June.

Elsewhere, Waddington in Lincolnshire saw nearly 40mm fall over a period of 14 hours, while over the same period Coleshill in Warwickshire had 30mm fall and 31mm was seen at Astwood Bank, Worcestershire.

Dave Throup from the Environment Agency said he thought Shropshire and Lincolnshire were the areas that received the most rain.

“I think between four and six inches has fallen in parts of Shropshire and certainly at least two inches, 50mm generally,” he said.



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