Dramatic footage captures the aftermath of a historic pub’s collapse as severe flooding sweeps much of Northern England again.
A historic pub, which stood for more than 200 years, was reduced to rubble in today’s horrific floods.
The Waterside Pub in Summerseat, Greater Manchester collapsed under the strain of the rushing water.
Footage taken by a passer-by shows the full scale of the damage caused to the pub, with the exterior completely stripped off.
Part of the ancient building, which sits on a bridge over the River Irwell, was swept away in the raging waters.
Resident Andrew Watson told ITV News: “The 200-year-old former mill and ex pub the Waterside has collapsed into the River Irwell at Summerseat near Bury, the road is now blocked and some of the building is blocking the River Irwell.”
The Met Office has issued two red “danger to life” flood warnings for the northwest of England and Yorkshire– the first time two simultaneous red warnings have ever been issued.
Much of the north of England was pounded by five inches of rain in just a few hours this morning.
Forecasters have warned people to expect widespread flooding and surface water in parts of Lancashire and Yorkshire.
Forecasters have warned people to expect more rain and flooding this evening across Lancashire and Yorkshire.
Homes have been evacuated in Whalley and Ribchester in Lancashire and the army have been called in to evacuate homes after a month’s rainfall lashed the region in hours.
The local landmark had stood for at least 100 years before today.
The severe warning means forecasters believe flooding could cause a risk to life and residents should “take action now” to keep themselves safe.
Andrew Geldeard, 57, from Whalley, toldthat residents in the village are being evacuated by the army.
He told: “I live just outside the village but came down on my morning run and ended up up to my waist.
“The village is almost completely underwater and they’ve closed all the roads. A number of the houses look to have been flooded and there are people being evacuated by army lads right now.
“It’s heartbreaking for the village, particularly at this time of year. We’ve had flooding two or three times in recent times but this is as bad as I can remember.”
The M62 motorway has been closed westbound between junctions 20 and 19 near Rochdale after a sinkhole appeared in the road.
Parts of Manchester and Leeds city centres were hit by minor flooding as people were warned to stay away from affected areas.
Ilkley in West Yorkshire has also been left completely cut off while other Yorkshire towns such as Hebden Bridge, Todmorden and Skipton have been affected as well.
Parts of Skipton in North Yorkshire were hit by early floods – with roads leading into the town and a B&M Bargains store near the town centre pictured submerged this morning.
Resident Adelle Stripe wrote: “Beer barrels floating down Burnley Road, as bad (if not worse) than 2012 floods.”
Parts of north Wales have already been left deluged by water overnight, with the A55 between Bangor and Llanfairfechan closed due to water, which left vehicles partially submerged.
The flooding has already caused the cancellation of Boxing Day Football League fixtures at Blackpool, Hartlepool, Morecambe and Accrington.
There are currently more than 335 alerts in place across England, Wales and Scotland, including 15 at the most severe level.
The heaviest rain is expected late this morning before easing in the afternoon.
A further spell of heavy showers is expected this evening.
Homeowners have been warned to take measures to protect their properties and remain safe.
Motorists have also been urged to plan any journeys carefully.