Bad Weather Affects Britain’s Rail, Roads

British PM, David Cameron

Continuing bad weather is affecting rail and road travel in Britain ahead of more rain due on Friday.

There are 89 flood warnings and 209 flood alerts in England and Wales, and four flood alerts in Scotland.

Lightning is thought to have started a fire in a Dorset school, and a West Highland road was closed after a landslide, reports the BBC.

First Great Western says rail passengers should not travel to or from Devon and Cornwall.

Residents in the village of Burton Fleming in East Yorkshire have appealed for sandbags because of flooding from the Gypsey Race stream that runs through the village. About 40 homes are said to be affected or in imminent danger of flooding.

Yorkshire East Riding council says it has already supplied 1,000 sandbags and more are on their way.

Fire crews say they have prevented flood water damaging an electrical substation near Reading, in Berkshire, which could have affected some 40,000 properties in the area and south Oxfordshire.