Floods cause major disruption in Britain, Ireland

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Residents carry sandbags during heavy rainfall in the Cregagh estate in East Belfast, Northern Ireland, Wednesday, June 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

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LONDON (AP) — Flash floods triggered by heavy rain across Britain and Ireland have inundated homes, submerged roads and cut off both main railway lines linking England and Scotland.

Network Rail said sections of the Glasgow-to-London and the Edinburgh-to-London lines were blocked by landslides Thursday.

Torrential rain, following weeks of wet weather, has triggered floods across central and northern England, as well as in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Police said a man in his 60s was killed when he was swept away near Ludlow, central England.

In Belfast, Northern Ireland, floodwater swamped houses, made roads impassible and left 1,000 homes without power late Wednesday.

The Environment Agency imposed 12 flood warnings and 62 less serious flood alerts across the country Thursday.

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