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    UK Flooding Hits South West, Midlands

    November 21, 2012, 4:23:55 AM EST


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    High water has "cut off" areas of southwestern England after torrential rain pelted the U.K.

    Flood warnings were posted for the South West, Midlands and other areas of England, the BBC News website said on Wednesday.

    Flooding shut schools, blocked some roadways and hampered public transportation in the area.

    Fire services in Devon and Somerset were called 18 times to rescue people from flooded cars.

    Some villages in the area were made "impassible" by high water.

    "I've lived here 21 years and I've never seen it flood," one area resident was quoted as saying.

    Rainfall as of Wednesday was 2.6 inches within 36 hours at both Exeter and Dunkeswell, data accessed by AccuWeather.com showed.

    The U.K. faces more rain, some heavy on Thursday, so flooding problems could recur.

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