Flooding closes railway line in Northampton

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London Midland has updated its flooding information to say that the line between Northampton and Rugby in the direction of Crewe has been re-opened after flooding.

The Environment Agency said large swathes of the Midlands. southern and south western England and south east Wales should prepare for the

possibility of flooding on Wednesday night and into Thursday morning.

Areas of England and Wales were last month engulfed by flood water that surged through streets and down roads, cutting off whole communities and

forcing dozens to flee their homes. Rivers burst their banks and fields were flooded as several days’ rain fell in just a few hours.

With the ground already saturated, the wet weather is likely to lead to property flooding from rivers and surface water as well as disruption to

road and rail networks.

The counties of Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, West Sussex and Northamptonshire are particularly at risk, and people are being urged to

keep up to date with the latest information from the Environment Agency website, sign up to free flood warnings, check their route for

disruption before travelling, and not to drive or walk through floodwater.

Craig Woolhouse, flood risk manager at the Environment Agency, said: “Our teams are out around the clock to minimise the risks and prepare

for flooding, clearing drainage channels and ensuring that flood defences are working properly.”

Forecasters this week warned people to expect up to seven days of unsettled conditions as a series of wet weather systems engulf the UK.

Those in areas at risk should check the Environment Agency website for the latest information: www.environment-agency.gov.uk/flood and sign up

for free flood warnings on the Environment Agency’s website, or by calling the Environment Agency Flood Line on 0845 988 1188.