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30/07/2013 08:01 BST

Flash Floods Devastate Walsden, West Yorkshire (PICTURES)

A flooded road in Felpham near Bognor Regis in West Sussex, after the South East and mid Wales were worst hit by the rain which has battered Britain.
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A flooded road in Felpham near Bognor Regis in West Sussex, after the South East and mid Wales were worst hit by the rain which has battered Britain.

A major clean-up is under way after a flash flood burst through homes and swept away roads in a Pennines community.

The village of Walsden, near Todmorden in West Yorkshire, was hit by up to 18in (46cm) of water last night after extremely heavy rain.

The flood caused "sheer devastation", according to residents, as it poured from a culvert and down a side street, ripping huge chunks out of the road surface and destroying the road.

Water was still pouring down the street and through at least one house today and around 20 homes are thought to have been flooded.

Walsden resident Roger Stansfield, who was cleaning up his property this morning, said: "It started raining really heavily and within 15 minutes this road was completely flooded to the depth of my wellington boots.

"There's nothing you can do."

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Pennines Flooding

Flood warden Keith Crabtree said an "unprecedented" amount of rain has caused "sheer devastation".

He said: "Every road in and out of Todmorden was flooded.

"There's still a lot of water coming off the hillside.

"It happened so quickly. The floods 12 months ago took three days to build up. This one, we just got three quarters of an hour of cloudburst and there's just nothing you can do about that."

Last night, West Yorkshire Police asked people to avoid areas in the town, saying that waves from driving through the water could damage houses.

Railway lines were submerged and Walsden station remained closed today as maintenance crews repaired the tracks.