December 29, 2015 4:09 pm

WATCH: Ancient bridge in the UK gets washed away by powerful flood


Dramatic footage on Tuesday captured the moment an ancient bridge in North Yorkshire partially collapsed into the swollen River Wharfe, as flooding continued to affect areas of northern England, local media reported.

Large sections of the 18th century structure could be seen slipping into the river as local residents looked on in shock.

The bridge had already been shut due to structural concerns caused by flooding caused by storms in recent days, according to local media.

The collapse of the bridge caused a gas leak in the area as broken pipes were exposed, local media reported.

Areas of northern England have been inundated with torrential rains in recent weeks, and rivers have crested past their banks, leading to thousands of evacuations in villages, town and even major cities like York, Leeds and Manchester.

© 2015 The Associated Press

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