A helicopter has been brought in to help people trapped in houses on the Isle of Man as a river burst its banks causing “horrendous conditions”.
A Coastguard helicopter was pictured over the village of Laxey, on the east coast of the island, as floodwater from the Laxey River surged through the streets, leading to police declaring a “major incident”.
The bad weather comes as parts of England continue to cope with flash flooding following days of heavy rain.
Further heavy rain is forecast for later in the week when the remnants of Hurricane Lorenzo impact on Ireland and the UK.
Police on the Isle of Man said on Facebook: “Glen Road between the upper and lower bridges has flooded severely. Several vehicles have washed away. Persons are trapped in at least three houses.
“Fire Rescue and Coastguard are on scene with fast water rescue teams. A major incident has been declared with all Govt agencies helping out”.
The village is about six kilometres north of the capital Douglas.
The island’s government said the Coastguard helicopter remained on standby for several hours.
It said a rest centre was being established with staff including a paramedic.
A spokesman said: “Contingency arrangements are being made to support and staff the rest centre as the incident continues, in conjunction with Civil Defence.
“Alternate accommodation is being found for those who need it, while fire crews pump out flooded properties.”
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Chief Minister Howard Quayle is receiving regular updates on the disruption while at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester.
The government said Mr Quayle will return tomorrow morning, earlier than planned, to visit Laxey.
He said on Twitter: “My thanks to everyone who is assisting in the response to some very unpleasant weather in the #IsleofMan” and urged people to “follow advice from the emergency services”.