Hundreds more evacuated as flood waters rise in northern England

LONDON -- Hundreds more people have been told to leave their homes in northern England as weeks of heavy rainfall continue to cause heavy flooding.

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Police in the York area 200 miles (320 kilometres) north of London on Sunday advised more than 300 people to leave their homes because of rising river waters.

Several hundred had been evacuated the day before in the West Yorkshire and Lancashire regions and officials said thousands had lost power.

The official Met Office weather service indicated that only very small amounts of rain are expected in the flooded areas in the next day.

Hundreds of flood warnings and alerts remain in place in parts of England and Wales.

Prime Minister David Cameron plans to convene the government's emergency Cobra ministerial group to co-ordinate the crisis response.



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