24/07/2013 09:21 BST | Updated 24/07/2013 09:26 BST

UK Weather: Flash Flooding In Nottinghamshire Replaces Heatwave (PICTURES)

Nottingham floods

Flash flooding has hit parts of the UK, with more than 50 homes damaged.

The recent heatwave seemed a distant memory as heavy storms left their mark.

In Nottinghamshire, police said houses in Southwell were particularly badly hit by the extreme weather, while properties, businesses and roads across the county were also affected.

A force spokesman said pockets of standing water remain in various locations and drivers are being urged to take caution on the roads.

They are also advised to be aware that, in some areas, damage has been caused to drain covers and there is debris in the roads.


The car park of The Grosvenor pub in Nottingham

An advice centre will be opened at Southwell Town Hall, The Burgage, Southwell, later today for those who need flood-related advice or assistance.

The force spokesman added: "Members of the public who have been working in flood water are reminded that hand washing is essential."

The A612 remains closed between Southwell and Thurgaton to enable urgent clean-up operations to take place.

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Council staff will be working through the night to clear the road, and drivers are asked to take an alternative route.

In Cundy Hill, Southwell, a tree has fallen and diversions are in place.

A month's rain fell in just a few hours in some areas yesterday.

Pershore in Worcestershire recorded 56mm (2.2 inches) of rain in a three-hour period this morning, more than the area's 50mm average total for the whole of July, the Met Office said.

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Emergency services were called to this flooded junction

Monks Wood in Cambridgeshire saw 33mm (1.3 inches) in the 12 hours to 1pm today, while nearby Brampton recorded 48mm (1.9 inches) in the same period.

The Met Office had weather alerts in place for heavy rain across much of the UK yesterday, and more serious warnings for parts of northern England and the East Midlands last night.