Rain Batters Britain

June 26, 2007

Rainstorms battered Britain on Monday, killing one man who became trapped in a flooded manhole, rescue workers said.

The storm was expected to dump as much as three inches (75 millimeters) of rain on a country already soggy from an exceptionally rainy June, Britain’s weather office said. The country’s Environment Agency has issued 38 flood warnings.

One man died after being caught in a flooded manhole in Humberside, in northern England, fire officials said. Sky News Television reported that the man lost consciousness after struggling to keep his head above water.

The rain has already turned the Glastonbury Music Festival – one of the world’s largest green-field music festivals – into a sea of mud over the weekend. The start of the Wimbledon tennis tournament Monday was pushed back several hours after rain spilled into the roofless center court.

The rains are expected to persist throughout the day as the storm moves out to sea, the weather office said.

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