Britain Hit By Floods After Record Rainfall

"COCKERMOUTH, England (Reuters) - Lifeboats and military helicopters rescued hundreds of people overnight in northern England as torrential rain flooded homes and washed away bridges. Police in the picturesque Lake District county of Cumbria, a magnet for tourists, said on Friday a search was under way for a police officer who disappeared when one bridge collapsed under the weight of water. Emergency services said they were concerned about residents of 10 properties in the town of Cockermouth they had been unable to reach. Media reports said some trapped people had been forced to smash through their roofs to escape."