Dramatic images show the scale of devastation after heavy rains from Storm Dennis caused a river to burst its banks and flood an entire village.
Aerial pictures show how homes, cars and roads were completely submerged by rising flood waters in the town of Crickhowell, Wales, this afternoon.
Storm Dennis has already dumped a month’s worth of rain in the space 48 hours and a record number of flood warnings have been put in place across the UK.
The deluge caused the River Usk to burst its banks and cut off the town as a major incident was declared for south Wales.
Some Crickhowell locals were evacuated from the area by firefighters in rubber dingys and helicopters were deployed to assist with the rescue operation.
The small market town now faces a lengthy clean up operation as devastated residents and businesses now count the cost of the damage.
Melanie Hughes, 38, was also evacuated by lifeboat with along with her husband and two daughters, said she was awoken by shouting and car alarms in the early hours, and said many of their family’s possessions had been lost.
She said: “Everyone’s safe, which is the main thing. We were lucky.
“But our cars, kitchen, furniture, it’s all gone.
“It’s going to be a couple of months of hard work, now.
“It was filthy, there was nothing to salvage.”
Resident Greg Curtis, 68, was rescued by lifeboat from the street around 1pm, said he and his wife were first woken by neighbours banging his home at 4am on Sunday morning, and described the incident as a “nightmare”.
Paul Mason, group manager of South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, said the scene his team had faced was the worst he had experienced in his 31-year career.
He said: “We started getting calls at 5am.
“We haven’t seen this, it’s incredible, and it’s right throughout the South Wales Valleys.
“In my 31 years in the service this is the worst I’ve ever seen. I’ve never experienced anything like this before.”
Earlier today it was confirmed that a man died after falling into the River Tawe in south Wales at about 10am on Sunday.
Dyfed-Powys Police said the man, aged in his 60s, was found dead further along the river in the Trebanos area.
Police said the death was not being treated as suspicious or being linked to the bad weather.
A police spokesman said: “His next of kin and HM Coroner have been informed.
“His death is not being treated as suspicious or linked to the adverse weather.
“Our thanks go out to all who assisted in the response to this tragic incident in very difficult weather conditions.”
Devon and Cornwall were rocked by a series of landslides during Storm Dennis over the weekend – blocking roads and putting people in danger.
Several B routes in Devon are still closed this afternoon as heavy rain and strong winds blasted the two counties.
A man’s shed was left teetering on top of a hill when part of his back garden slid into the road in Exeter yesterday.
Ray said: “I’m too old for this! I was watching Football Focus and didn’t hear a thing. I didn’t know what had happened until the police knocked on my door and said I get out of my house because there had been a landslide. That was about 12.30pm.”
“I saw my fence had ended up in the main road along with my dustbin, a watering can and garden hose. They were worried the shed would fall into the main road so they had closed the road.
Met Office Chief Meteorologist, Andy Page, said: “Whilst the heaviest rain has cleared from Northern Ireland and Scotland, England and Wales will continue to see heavy rain on Sunday, with a risk of severe flooding in places.
Severe flood warning have been issued for the rivers Neath and Taff in South Wales, as well as the River Teme further north.
Pictures on social media show the Taff bursting its banks and flooding parts of Pontypridd, while rescue workers were using boats to get families to safety after further flooding in nearby Nantgarw.
Four major incidents have been declared in south Wales, Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire as towns are devastated by Storm Dennis.
Welsh town Pontypridd has been heavily hit, with residents forced to evacuate their homes due to flood water.
The Environment Agency’s (EA) flood and coastal risk management executive director John Curtin said on Sunday that there were a record number of flood warnings and alerts in force.
Mr Curtin tweeted: “Breaking: we now have the most flood warnings and alerts in force (594) in England than any other day on record.”
The Met Office said that winds of more than 80mph were recorded across parts of the country, with the highest measuring 91mph in Aberdaron in north Wales on Saturday.
At about 11am on Sunday there were 250 flood warnings and 344 flood alerts covering an area from Scotland’s River Tweed to the rivers of west Cornwall.