LONDON, UK (CBS) -- Flood warnings are still in place across Britain after torrential rain forced hundreds from their homes. Residents say they haven't seen anything like it for years.
Emergency crews used boats to rescue people and animals trapped after flood waters surrounded homes and buildings in northern Wales. One persons says, "the 20 some odd years I've lived here it's never gone over this flood bank, it's gone to the top and gone down. The first time its ever done this."
Officials evacuated hundreds of homes after the River Elwy broke its banks. Days of heavy rain are causing flooding across Wales and England. The ground is saturated and the water doesn't have anywhere to go.
Cars are underwater and boxes from stores are now floating in the streets.
Firefighters are filling sand bags trying to keep the water from reaching more homes and businesses.
70,000 homes are at risk of being washed out. The water started rising in Saint Astaph overnight. People tried to grab what they could before getting out. One resident says, "We've got as much as we could upstairs on the chairs and stuff but, what can you do?"
It's been an exceptionally wet few months in Britain. But, forecasters say the latest system is on its way out giving the water a chance to recede.
Huge floods in the summer of 2007 killed about a dozen people and caused billions of dollars in damage