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Hundreds of people head to church seeking flood relief

About 400 homes have been flooded in the north of England and 1,200 properties have been evacuated, the Environment Agency said.

Boris Johnson is to chair a Cobra meeting, the Government's emergency committee, to discuss the response to the severe flooding in parts of the UK.

Several areas in Yorkshire had more than a month's worth of rain in a single day.

Around half the 700 residents of Fishlake village, near Doncaster, left the village and those who stayed behind have faced waist-high waters.

Church warden of St Cuthbert's church in Fishlake, Peter Pridham, told Premier: "The current situation is that the level of the river has gone down, it normally hangs around between two and three metres and it got up to almost seven metres. It is now coming down and is a more manageable situation.

The church has been providing support to residents and flood victims and Pridham said St Cuthbert's has been a base for relief activity: "We are open continuously 24/7 and have been since Friday night and it's being used by all and sundry and people are coming. We had nearly 200 people coming to take food yesterday.

"We have been inundated with donations of food and clothes from across the UK, for which we are very grateful."

The rain is set to move south on late on Tuesday, according to forecasters. The Environment Agency has 30 flood warnings in place as well as five severe warnings on the River Don in South Yorkshire.

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