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Women trapped in car after flash flooding
10:24am Thursday 28th June 2012 in News
Two women had to be rescued by emergency crews after a month’s worth of rain fell in a day last week.
On Thursday and Friday, torrential rain caused flash floods across Craven, resulting in major disruption.
Crews from Skipton attended first and lead the duo to safety using water rescue gear.
BBC weather presenter Paul Hudson said the old Met Office station at Skipton had recorded the equivalent of a full month’s worth of rain in less than two days.
The Environment Agency issued numerous flood warnings across Craven, including on the River Aire and its tributaries from Gargrave to Stockbridge, Upper River Wharfe, Broughton Beck at Elslack and Broughton Business Park and River Wenning at High Bentham.
The agency said water levesl at Grassington stood at 1.8 metres on Friday, rising to 2.5 metres by Saturday morning.
In Earby, flood wardens were on watch inWater Street between 11am on Friday and 3am on Saturday. Sandbags were distributed to residents where needed.
The heavy rain was accompanied by heavy winds that left many roads covered in branches, adding to the unseasonably treacherous conditions.