Met Office weather warning: Travel chaos as cars swept into rivers by floods – ’stay away’

Flooding in many regions is likely to cause havoc this morning the Met Office warned, with some rural areas facing the risk of becoming cut off. 

The Environment Agency issued 22 flood warnings, meaning flooding is expected and immediate action is required, mostly for parts of the Midlands, North West and North East. 

It also issued 68 flood alerts, meaning flooding is possible and people should be prepared for areas across the country. 

In the Midlands, emergency services raced to rescue and support residents as waters rapidly rose. 

Three people were rescued from a car stuck in a ford in Middleton, Warwickshire. 

The county’s emergency services said they were pulled from the vehicle and left with police. 

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue service said it was advising residents in the village of Lamely to stay indoors due to floodwater. 

It added: “Anyone in the area should avoid attempting to pass through water either on foot or in a vehicle. Many roads are affected and we remain on scene assisting with the flooding.” 

In north Wales, four people – including two children – were rescued from a car after it was swept into a river near Mold. 

Amber and yellow warnings are also in place in parts of Scotland and north Wales. 

According to the Met Office, the wettest-ever June for the UK as a whole was in 2012 when an average of 149mm of rain fell. 

Meteorologist Luke Miall explained the this month’s rainfall is so far “a long way off” breaking that record. 

The weather this weekend is expected to be drier, warmer and sunnier, but with a risk of heavy and thundery showers in some places. 

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