Floods, disruption as heavy rain pounds soggy UK

Associated Press
Formula 1 fans walk by a puddle at a disused car park on their way to  Silverstone circuit, England, Saturday, July 7, 2012. Silverstone said they would refund unused tickets for Friday and Saturday and asked anyone with public car parking passes to stay away on Saturday's qualifying day for the race, to ensure fields were not too churned up for Sunday's race after heavy rain caused major disruption.The circuit's managing director Richard Phillips, said Silverstone would not be able to cater for up to 30,000 of the expected crowd of 100,000 on Saturday.  (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

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LONDON (AP) — Rain gradually eased across parts of Britain on Saturday after weeks' worth fell within hours, flooding homes, washing out roads and disrupting train travel.

In northeast England, a man in his 20s died when his car ran off the road in heavy rain overnight.

The Environment Agency issued more than 200 flood warnings and alerts. Southwest England, where up to 3 inches (7.6 centimeters) of rain fell overnight, was worst affected, with two severe alerts — meaning lives could be in danger — in place for stretches of the River Axe and River Bride.

Hundreds of residents in the county of Devon were put on alert for possible evacuation as the River Yealm burst its banks.

Organizers of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, 50 miles (80 kilometers) northwest of London, told thousands of fans planning to park at the venue to stay away from Saturday's qualifying sessions after rain made some of the parking lots unusable.

Britain is even more prone to flooding than usual following the wettest June on record. Forecasters say wet weather is expected to continue for several days.

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