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Floods: 1,200 homes evacuated with more rain on the way

About 1,200 homes have been evacuated in South Yorkshire due to flooding across England, with the Met Office warning more rain is on the way.

The Environment Agency said around 830 properties have been flooded, with homes evacuated in Bentley and Fishlake, near Doncaster.

Pumps set up around the village of Fishlake have removed 1.25 million tonnes of water in the past 24 hours, reducing water levels from two metres to 0.3 metres.

The Environment Agency said 1,000 people in 1,200 homes have been evacuated in South Yorkshire, including 40 from Fishlake.

Around 38 pumps are on site in the county to remove 50 million litres of water per hour to protect homes and businesses in the country.

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Image: People have been evacuated from flooded homes in Fishlake

The Environment Agency added that around 14,400 properties, including 5,000 in South Yorkshire, have been protected by flood defences.

The agency had 113 flood warnings in place across England as of 6pm on Thursday, as well as 169 flood alerts.

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Oxfordshire County Council said firefighters have rescued "a number of people" from vehicles stuck in floodwater.

Rising water has caused people to evacuate their homes in Fishlake
Image: Rising water has caused people to evacuate their homes in Fishlake

Images posted online show the Oxfordshire village of Wendlebury, near Bicester, flooded after the nearby Wendlebury brook burst its banks due to heavy rain.

Wendlebury Parish Council advised people living near the brook to move their belongings "upstairs if at all possible".

In Worcestershire, West Mercia Police said the A448 Kidderminster Road in Bromsgrove was "completely impassable" near Fox Lane and through Chaddesley Corbett.

The Met Office warned more rain was forecast to fall on the already flooded regions on Thursday.

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Forecasters have issued a yellow weather alert for areas including Nottingham, Lincolnshire, South Yorkshire and Derby, warning of "heavy and persistent" rain until 10pm on Thursday.

A yellow weather alert for "widespread" rain is also in place for parts of Wales, southwest England and the West Midlands until 11.45pm.

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The agency has urged communities to check for flood warnings and follow the advice of emergency services.

Kate Marks, flood duty manager at the Environment Agency, said: "Heavy rain today is expected to cause river and surface water flooding across parts of England, continuing into tomorrow in some areas, as well as potentially contributing to ongoing flood impacts in Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire.

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