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Heavy Rains Follow Record Snowfall in Britain

February 10, 2009 By: Jena Tesse Fox

A week after the worst snowfalls in nearly 20 years battered Britain, heavy rains combined with melting snow are now causing massive flooding throughout England and Wales. The Guardian reports that some 3,000 homes were left without electricity and about 200 schools were closed for the day after almost a month's worth of rain fell in 24 hours in some parts of southern England, and a band of snow hit a swath of the country from south Wales to the Midlands. Over 100 flood warnings were issued, and many roads were shut and trains and flights canceled.

A landslip near Meopham in Kent led to 60-minute delays to some train services from Kent to London run by Southeastern, and flooding near Pewsey, Wiltshire, caused delays of up to an hour to First Great Western services between Westbury and Reading.

Five flights out of Luton were canceled, two delayed, and one rerouted to Stansted. Bristol airport was closed overnight because of severe weather conditions and heavy snowfall, with eight outbound flights and several inbound flights canceled or diverted to other airports.

Meanwhile, Scotland is experiencing the coldest temperatures of the season, with some areas reaching 0° Fahrenheit.

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