Flash floods halt Lincoln and Worksop rail services

Flooding at Blyton Ice Cream Parlour Image copyright Malc parr
Image caption Flooding has been reported in Blyton in Lincolnshire

Heavy rain across Lincolnshire and north Nottinghamshire has led to rail services being suspended between Lincoln and Worksop.

Network Rail said it was trying to reopen the line following flash floods between Gainsborough and Retford at about 15:00 BST.

Surface water flooding has affected roads and properties in the Gainsborough area.

A number of homes in Retford were also affected by the rain.

Rachel Lowe, from Network Rail, said: "[Rail staff] are doing their level best to clear water but it's very, very wet around there.

Image copyright Derbyshire fire and rescue
Image caption Firefighters in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, warned motorists not to drive in flood water

"There's a lot of disruption going on, so the ground's pretty sodden and getting the water away is quite a challenge."

She added that replacement buses are in operation.

Roads in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, also became flooded following the downpours on Monday afternoon.

West Lindsey District Council said it has been providing sand bags for people in the affected areas of Lincolnshire.

A number of homes in the north of Nottinghamshire have also been affected by flash flooding.

However, the Environment Agency has lifted a flood warning for the River Maun at Clipstone, Edwinstowe and Ollerton.

Image caption Vehicles made their way through flood water in Giltbrook, Nottinghamshire

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