UK flooding: Britain hit with ‘knee-deep’ water as rain causes railway and road chaos

The UK has been hit by flooding after downpours overnight, with ‘knee-deep’ water in some parts of the country.

Floods have submerged roads in Devon, Gloucestershire, Plymouth, Sussex, Kent, Dorset and elsewhere this morning.

Cities such as Exeter, London, Newcastle and Liverpool have also been left underwater after heavy rain.

The flood water has caused chaos across the nation, shutting down motorways and blocking roads.

It comes after the Met Office issued a warning for rain across northern England today, meaning further flooding could be on the way.

Earlier today, floods shut the railway line at Yetminster, Dorset, and downed trees blocked tracks and roads in the UK.

Shocking pictures show cars driving through the floods in Exeter, with overturned wheelie bins floating around in the water nearby.

People were seen sheltering from the downpours in Liverpool, while flood water cascaded down a set of steps in Newcastle.

Police have warned commuters to take care to avoid aquaplaning on roads due to the heavy rainfall.

The M23 southbound in Sussex was shut for around an hour due to flooding between junction 10 and 11.

A dramatic picture shared by Sgt Richard Hobbs, of Sussex Police, shows a pool of water covering all three lanes of the carriageway.

Elsewhere, a three-car crash took place on the M20 in Kent earlier today, with a lane closed on part of the motorway due to flooding.

The closure led to a tailback on the carriageway, causing delays for drivers.

An entry slip road to the M26 was also shut due to the floods.

Another smash took place on the A21 at Pembury, near Tunbridge Wells, Kent, at around 5.30am today.

Meanwhile, two crashes were recorded in Gloucestershire earlier today, with reports of trees falling across at least two roads in the county.

Bins were knocked over and rubbish was left strewn across the street in Devon as downpours were accompanied by high winds.

Residents reported knee-deep flood water in Exeter, Devon.

The Environment Agency is urging people to be prepared for flooding around the River Darent from Westerham to Dartford, the River Shuttle and River Cray near Dartford, and the Ravensbourne area in the London Boroughs of Lewisham, Bromley, Greenwich and Croydon.

It said: “While uncertainty remains around exact timings and which areas will experience the heaviest rain there is a possibility that rivers could respond quickly and overtop their banks.

“Flooding to low lying land, roads and riverside gardens is possible.

“Surface water flooding may also affect low lying areas. We recommend you monitor local weather conditions. You should avoid walking, cycling or driving through flood water.

“We are monitoring rainfall and river levels and are checking rivers for blockages.”

It comes after downpours left large stretches of London’s transport system and city centre shopping areas underwater.

Heavy rain early this morning caused flooding in Knightsbridge in West London, leaving the high end shopping district knee-deep in water.

The dramatic weather event will have also caused commuting misery for hundreds of thousands this morning.

Transport for London has said at least four lines are partially suspended or severely delayed due to the huge build up of water.

Roads into and in the city have been left submerged following the downpour in the early hours.

Footage from Knightsbridge shows a main road in the upper-end area completely covered in roughly half a foot of water.

Further north in Hampstead flooding has led to road closures including the usually busy Vardnell Street, likely meaning long delays for those who have to venture out this morning.

In the far south of the city drains could be seen bubbling helplessly in the middle of subsumed roads in Croydon.

Severe flooding was also recorded on the A4 for drivers coming in and out of London.