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Bridge collapses in England as areas are hit by severe flooding

The bridge was on the route of the cycling World Championships due to be held in Yorkshire next month.

Summer weather July 31st 2019 The collapsed Grinton Moor Bridge in Yorkshire; parts of the region had up to 82.2mm of rain in 24 hours. Source: Danny Lawson/PA Wire/PA Images

A BRIDGE IN North Yorkshire collapsed yesterday as parts of England were hit by severe flooding.

The Grinton Moor Bridge, which is located near Reeth, collapsed after heavy rain in the area.

Summer weather July 31st 2019 The collapsed Grinton Moor Bridge in Yorkshire. Source: Danny Lawson/PA Wire/PA Images

Summer weather July 31st 2019 The collapsed Grinton Moor Bridge in Yorkshire. Source: Danny Lawson/PA Wire/PA Images

The bridge was on the route of the cycling World Championships due to be held in Yorkshire on 29 September.

The route for the race is expected to be changed as it is unlikely the bridge will be repaired in time. 

In a statement to the Guardian, Yorkshire 2019 chief executive Andy Hindley said: “At the current time, our thoughts are with those affected by the flooding. We will address any damage to race routes with North Yorkshire county council in due course.”

Participants in the Tour de France’s 2014 Grand Départ cycled over the bridge.

Cycling - Tour de France - Stage One - Leeds to Harrogate Tour de France cyclists pass over the Grinton Moor, Yorkshire, in 2014. Source: Tim Goode/PA Wire

Other parts of England, which experienced temperatures in the high 30s last week, have also been affected by heavy rain and flooding.

Summer weather July 31st 2019 Flooding in Yorkshire, after parts of the region had up to 82.2mm of rain in 24 hours. Source: Danny Lawson/PA Wire/PA Images

Wet and Rainy Day in London, UK - 30 Jul 2019 Tourists deal with heavy rain on Westminster Bridge in London on Tuesday. Source: SOPA Images/SIPA USA/PA Images

A number of other areas in Europe also experienced heavy rain this week, including Berlin in Germany.

Thunderstorms in Berlin After heavy rainfall, water runs down the steps to the subway at Berlin Friedrichstraße station yesterday. Source: Fabian Fuchs/DPA/PA Images

Thunderstorms in Berlin A partially flooded road in Berlin yesterday. Source: Christopher Harms/DPA/PA Images

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