Flash floods leaves homes and businesses submerged in water after heavy rainfall

Floods have lashed large parts of the UK as residents were seen wading in water and businesses were left semi-submerged.

It comes as an amber alert for thunderstorms has been issued, with flooding likely across several counties.

Eleven areas in the East, South East and London have been warned by the Met Office to expect heavy rain and storms between 11am and 10pm today, with as many as two inches forecast to fall.

In Market Rasen, Lincolnshire, residents were hit with severe flash floods with locals being forced to use sandbags to help keep the water out.

Mum Kirsty Marie Sinclair, who lives nearby, said the rain had increased around 3.30pm yesterday, with the flooding taking hold roughly two hours later.

She explained that many local businesses had been left semi-submerged by the heavy deluge.

Kirsty said: “It was about 3.30pm when the rain got heavier, and then the main aspect of the flooding was maybe around 5.30pm, maybe earlier than that.

“I’m not sure what other areas looked like in Market Rasen, but I know surrounding areas coming off that road were quite heavily affected by the flood.

“I know a lot of businesses have been damaged.

“But even with all the damage and stuff, the local businesses have opened their doors to ensure everybody is safe, offering support, offering sandbags for free.

“Even though it’s been a scary situation for many people to be in, the community really pulled together and the fire crew did an amazing job.”

Yesterday a cider farm in Cornwall flooded following torrential thunderstorms.

Haywood Cider Farm in St Mabyn near Wadebridge was hit by flash floods.

In a video by Tom Bray, 44, muddy water can be seen pouring down the stairs to the cellar at lunchtime.

After weeks of dry conditions, the deluge is expected to cause flooding in several areas, with power cuts also feared.

The Met Office warned: “Heavy showers and thunderstorms are expected to break out today leading to some flooding and disruption.

“Some places will miss these, but where they do occur, 30 to 50 mm of rain could fall in less than an hour and a few places may see in excess of 100 mm in a few hours where storms are slow moving. Lightning and hail will be additional hazards.

“Showers and storms will slowly die out this evening.”

A spokesman added: “The yellow area has been extended northwestwards to cover more of England and moving into southeast Wales, the start time brought forward, and the likelihood of impacts increased.”

Although rain is likely to sweep across the UK on Wednesday, there is set to be sunny weather in the north while temperatures are predicted to peak in the South East with 25C highs.