Devastating floods claim Yorkshire victim

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A MAJOR clear-up operation will continue today after storms badly disrupted transport and triggered widespread flash flooding.

Train passengers on the East Coast Main Line are being warned of ongoing disruption between Newcastle and Edinburgh due to a landslip near Berwick-upon-Tweed after the storms left a trail of destruction, with thousands of people still without electricity in the North East.

The wife of a retired teacher who died after being swept away in a flash flood described him as a “gentle, caring man” who was “the most wonderful husband”.

Michael Ellis, who was originally from Barnsley, was overcome by floodwater at a stream at Bittlerley, near Ludlow, Shropshire, on Thursday.

West Mercia Police said he died as he made his way on foot to his home in the village.

His wife Judith said: “He was a gentle, caring man, quiet and quite shy, with a quick wit and a wonderful sense of humour. He was the most wonderful husband. He was truly my other half and I don’t know how I can be without him.”

Environment Agency chiefs said the period from April to June was now the wettest since records began.