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Floods hit northern England and cake festival in mud

posted 23 Jun 2012, 16:22 by Mpelembe   [ updated 23 Jun 2012, 16:23 ]

Flooding forces homes in northern England to be evacuated as the country experiences a month's worth of rain in a day and revellers on the Isle of Wight wade through mud.

NORTHWEST ENGLAND, UK (JUNE 23, 2012) (BBC/ITN HELICOPTER) - A clean up began in areas in northern England affected by heavy rains and flooding on Saturday (June 23).

As many as 500 homes and businesses were flooded in Lancashire and West Yorkshire after a month's worth of rain fell in 24 hours.

A hairdresser whose business had flooded said little was done to safeguard against the floods.

"It annoys me to think they knew that this was going to happen and they did nothing to mitigate the problem. It's just a joke," said Barry Greenwood.

There are several severe weather warnings in place across the north of the country.

Revellers at the Isle of Wight festival were forced to pitch their tents in muddy marshland and wade through mud to get around this weekend.