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Storms deluge historic British city

Britain’s most severe September storms for 30 years flooded homes and businesses in the historic city of York on Thursday and threatened chaos for much of northern England.
Residents took to boats to navigate the picturesque streets of the city dating from Roman times but officials said flood defences would cope as the River Ouse reached near record levels, three metres (10 feet) higher than normal. City of York Council insisted the centre was “very much open for business” despite 80 properties being flooded while defences in the nearby village of Cawood were bolstered overnight by 4,000 sandbags. “Loads of staff have been working through the night to protect the city,” said Sally Burns from the council, who said experts believed the river levels had peaked.
“We need to be careful and make sure we are giving (sandbags) to the people who are a priority, we can see on the monitors where the problems are.” The Met Office issued more than 50 flood warnings — indicating flooding is expected — and 80 flood alerts – meaning flooding is possible — in England and Wales. Further rain was forecast for Thursday, putting thousands of home in northern England at risk.
In Newburn, northeast England, a four-storey block of flats teetered on the brink of collapse after floodwaters destroyed its foundations. Police arrested a man and a woman in connection with the looting of £20,000 ($32,300, 25,000 euros) worth of bicycles from a nearby shop.

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