Castleford motorists abandon cars as rivers across UK burst their banks

Staff writer

Determined motorists attempted to pass through a flooded section of road in Castleford, West Yorkshire on Sunday.

Drivers ignored the abandoned vehicles, which had become stranded on Barnsdale Road, and carried on driving.

Some manage to get through while others add to the growing number of abandoned cars.

There were 29 flood warnings and 37 flood alerts in force on Sunday across the Midlands, northern England and parts of Wales, with two alerts in the Norwich area.

The Environment Agency said crews were installing temporary defences in Shrewsbury and Bewdley, going up to Ironbridge and Wribbenhall to protect from the rising River Severn in the Midlands.

In a statement, the agency said: "We have seen localised flooding in the Calder Valley, the Greater Manchester area, York and along the River Severn.

"River levels in some areas will continue to rise over the next few days in response to recent rainfall, however the outlook is for increasingly settled and dry conditions which will allow river levels to fall quickly in all but the slowest responding rivers.

"We have officers out on the ground checking defences, clearing drainage channels and supporting affected communities."