Flood alerts are in place for parts of Britain after a day of heavy rain caused localised flooding. Severe weather warnings have been issued across the Western country including south west Wales and western England.

There is a fear that drainage systems will not be able to handle the excess water and The Environmental Agency has issued significant flooding alerts for river and coastal areas in Cornwall and Devon.

Heavy rain and strong gales expected again today in parts of Britain will no doubt continue to cause local flooding problems.

Bill Payne, a spokesman for forecaster MeteoGroup said: “The heavy rain we had in the South and the South-West yesterday has pushed north-eastwards across England and Wales into southern Scotland overnight.

“Any lingering rain across England and Wales will clear this morning, but across northern and eastern Scotland it will linger for much of the day. There will be some heavy and prolonged outbursts there.

“Following that rain there will be sunny spells and showers, some of which will be quite heavy, and possibly some lightning strikes.”

Houses and business across the country have already been damaged by flooding.

Flood alerts are still in place for Scarborough, North Yorkshire, Bridlington and East Yorkshire, as well as Cornwall, Devon and Wales