Shocking footage of the flooding as two weeks of rain falls in an hour, a fire engine is washed down a road. Police have advised anyone affected to go upstairs. It comes as The Environment Agency has issued 70 flood warnings and 181 alerts across England as rain lashes Britain.

The Isle of Man Constabulary said earlier: “Persons are trapped in at least 3 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. We are asking that any persons trapped go up stairs and monitor media.”

The Met Office has warned that some parts of the country will see two weeks of rain in less than one hour.

There have also been warnings of power cuts and travel disruption.

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The Environment Agency has warned that coastal and tidal flooding is expected along parts of the coastline of the Bristol Channel, the east, south and south west of England today.

They also said: “Coastal/tidal flooding is also possible but not expected in Wales and the south west of England on Friday. Local flooding is expected along the River Ouse in York and the River Severn in Shropshire today (Tuesday) and Wednesday.

“Local flooding from surface water and rivers is possible across Wales, central and the north of England on Friday. Land, roads and some properties could flood and there will likely be travel disruption in places.”

The warnings in the south of England and Wales are in effect from 6am to 8pm on Tuesday, while the Scottish warning will cease at 10am.

“These will become slow-moving for a time with some very large rainfall totals possible in a few places.

“While many places will see showers, the majority of places will see only relatively small rainfall accumulations.

“The highest rainfall accumulations are only likely to occur in a few spots where the showers become slow-moving, with 40-50 mm possible in only a couple of hours.

“Lightning and some hail may also prove additional hazards for one or two locations.

“The showers will clear from the west and the north later in the afternoon but persist in the southeast into the evening.”

Source: express.co.uk