Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Heavy rain on island leads to closures and flooding

Quarterbridge flooded
Image caption The Quarterbridge public house in Douglas has been forced to close its doors

Police have warned motorists in the Isle of Man to take extra care following heavy overnight rain.

A police spokesman said road conditions were poor with standing water in many places.

A number of the island's roads have been closed including the Snaefell Mountain Road.

Senior Forecaster Colin Gartshore said: "It has been very heavy overnight but conditions will be improving throughout the day but remaining dull."

The poor weather comes just weeks after it was confirmed that the island has recorded its wettest summer since records began in 1947.

The Quarterbrige Hotel in Douglas has been forced to close after a river burst its banks.

'Completely flooded'

Manager Ashley Burgess said: "The amount of water is incredible.

"The bottom floor is completely flooded and we've got a wall of sandbags trying to block the water.

Image caption The heavy rain has led to standing water on the island's roads

"We are below the water table so we have flooded before - but I have never seen it like this. I have had to close until further notice."

Inspector Derek Flint said: "It is impossible to check all the roads around the island, and we would impress on people setting out for their journey this morning to take extra care and drive to the conditions.

"For drivers navigating the back roads, be very wary of any standing water. Some puddles have turned out to be several feet deep and are unsuitable for a vehicle to drive through. All river fords should be avoided."

The police said road closures and flood warnings were being put in place when necessary.

Heavy downpours across England have resulted in homes being evacuated, disruption to train services and school closures while many roads have been closed as a result of flooding.

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