RAW VIDEO: Historic English bridge collapses from flooding

A bridge collapses into the river Wharfe in Tadcaster, England, on Tuesday. (NBC News)

TADCASTER, England (NBC News) – Dramatic footage captured the moment a centuries-old bridge in North Yorkshire partially collapsed into the swollen river Wharfe Tuesday as flooding continued to affect areas of northern England.

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

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

Local media reported that the collapse of the bridge caused a gas leak in the area as broken pipes were exposed.

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, towns and even major cities like York, Leeds and Manchester.

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