/UK weather forecast – Met Office warns SNOW to follow Storm Dennis tonight after fears fifth person killed in

UK weather forecast – Met Office warns SNOW to follow Storm Dennis tonight after fears fifth person killed in

Forecasters measured the most rainfall at Maerdy, a Welsh village in Glamorgan, that saw a total of 151.6mm in 48 hours. The deluge is more than 110.8mm average recorded in Wales in February.

Major incidents were declared due to flooding in South Wales as well as in Worcestershire and Herefordshire, while a record number of flood warnings and alerts were issued by the Environment Agency (EA).

Terrifying footage showed cars submerged over the weekend while landslides hit areas around South Wales.

One stranded family was rescued by climbing through a window of their home into the bucket of a farmer’s tractor.

Amy Price, her parents and their two dogs were trapped for nine hours in their house on the banks of the River Usk in the Monmouthshire countryside.

Amy, 25, said. “There was four-and-a-half feet of water in the house – all we could do was huddle together upstairs to keep warm.

“We had no heating, no electricity, no food, and no water.

“I was really scared – I was very glad to hear the tractor coming towards us.”’

Also among the wreckage was a Tanzanian ghost ship, washed up on the Coast of Ireland yesterday.

The Alta, a Tanzanian-flagged cargo vessel, had already floated for thousands of miles without a soul on board when it was found at Ballycotton, County Cork on Sunday.

It had been adrift since October 2018, when the US Coast Guard rescued its crew of ten men 1,300 miles southeast of Bermuda.

Storm Ellen will be named by the Met Office when an Atlantic weather system has potential for amber warnings.

Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: “There’s the briefest of respites ahead of yet another Atlantic surge.”

The Met Office has warned that heavy and frequent showers will hit today ahead of snow, while gales will develop from Wednesday to Friday.

 Five danger to life flood warnings are in place today, with more than 260 other warnings
Five danger to life flood warnings are in place today, with more than 260 other warningsCredit: flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk

FLOOD HERO, 84, BATTLES TO SAVE PUB AND HOME

Tom Bedford

A BRAVE flood hero who battled to save his village pub was later forced to wade waist deep in water in his own home.

Retired miner Brian Owen spent Saturday night pumping water out of the Quaker’s Arms pub on the banks of the River Taff in South Wales.

But when he got home at midnight the floodwater was lapping at his own front door.

Relatives have now run an extension cable from a nearby building so the pensioner can make himself a cup of tea.

Worried Mr Owen, 84, had to pull on a pair of waders at 2am, after the water started going over the top of his wellies.

He said: “It wasn’t long before my waders started taking in water – it was above the radiators and touching the top of the kitchen sink.

“It was quite frightening but luckily the electric light stayed on so I could see what I was doing.

“I was wading around trying to save things but it was impossible.”

“It came in so quickly and with some force, nothing would have stopped it.”

Mr Owen and his family were yesterday mopping up the brown sludge that had invaded the ground floor of his home.

 Brian Owen, 84, battled to save a nearby pub and his home from the floods

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Brian Owen, 84, battled to save a nearby pub and his home from the floodsCredit: Athena Picture Agency
 Pub hero Brian was forced to wade through water in his own home

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Pub hero Brian was forced to wade through water in his own homeCredit: Athena Picture Agency
 A man tries to hose down his front path after the storm

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A man tries to hose down his front path after the stormCredit: Wales News Service

The Met Office yesterday issued a Red Warning for rain – the highest warning level – for the first time since December 2015.

South Wales Police said it had been dealing with “multiple” landslides and floods – some trapping residents.

One of the worst-hit areas in South Wales was the village of Nantgarw, Rhondda Cynon Taff, near Cardiff, where entire streets have been left underwater since the early hours of this morning.

There is currently no COBRA meeting scheduled to discuss the weather chaos, despite new Environment Secretary George Eustice insisting ministers have a “firm grip” on the situation.

Museum worker Robin Williams, 62, of Pontypridd, South Wales said: “Where’s Boris? Where’s the help?”

Robin and wife Tracey 55, had moved into their home just one year ago.

Tracey, who works in a care home, said: “We haven’t long been here and a lot of our stuff was new.

“I asked the council for sandbags but they said you have to wait until the water is coming in, which it was.

“We haven’t had any help and nobody has been here from the council. They are out of their depth.”

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 Flood water pictured in Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire

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Flood water pictured in Tenbury Wells, WorcestershireCredit: PA:Press Association

 

 A block of flats is left with smashed windows after a tree fell on the building in Hanham, South Gloucestershire

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A block of flats is left with smashed windows after a tree fell on the building in Hanham, South GloucestershireCredit: London News Pictures
 Video footage shows flood water surging past a house in South Wales before smashing its windows

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Video footage shows flood water surging past a house in South Wales before smashing its windows
 The curtains of the house blow in the wind as Storm Dennis takes force

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The curtains of the house blow in the wind as Storm Dennis takes force

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: “This weather is unprecedented 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.”

The Met Office said winds of more than 80mph were recorded across parts of the country, with the highest measuring 91mph in Aberdaron in north Wales on Saturday.

A total of 6.1in of rain fell at Crai Reservoir in Powys, South Wales, in the 48 hours from Friday to Sunday morning.

The average monthly rainfall for February in Wales is 4.4in.

Across the country, more than 1,000 homes were left underwater.

 The wild weather is not over yet, with a band of rain lingering over the country
The wild weather is not over yet, with a band of rain lingering over the countryCredit: wxcharts
 Tables and chairs can be seen strewn around Clwb Y Bont in Pontypridd after it was flooded

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Tables and chairs can be seen strewn around Clwb Y Bont in Pontypridd after it was floodedCredit: Wales News Service
 The venue was badly damaged by flooding

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The venue was badly damaged by floodingCredit: Wales News Service
 Emergency services rescue people from a flooded street in Hereford

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Emergency services rescue people from a flooded street in HerefordCredit: Getty Images – Getty
 They are evacuated from their home in a rowing boat

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They are evacuated from their home in a rowing boatCredit: Reuters
 Amy Price and her parents were rescued from their home by a farmer and his tractor in Monmouthshire, Wales

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Amy Price and her parents were rescued from their home by a farmer and his tractor in Monmouthshire, WalesCredit: Athena Picture Agency
 A member of staff clears up the wreckage outside a flooring shop in Nantgarw, South Wales

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A member of staff clears up the wreckage outside a flooring shop in Nantgarw, South WalesCredit: PA:Press Association
 Residents of Crickhowell work to clear mess left by floods

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Residents of Crickhowell work to clear mess left by floodsCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
 Shocking aerial views show roads around Yalding in Kent flooded

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Shocking aerial views show roads around Yalding in Kent floodedCredit: Stephen Huntley/HVC.
 Water floods Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire, in the aftermath of Storm Dennis

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Water floods Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire, in the aftermath of Storm DennisCredit: PA:Press Association
 Flood water covers green spaces in Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire

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Flood water covers green spaces in Tenbury Wells, WorcestershireCredit: PA:Press Association
 A car was dragged by floodwater and trapped under a bridge near Porlock, Somerset, on Sunday
A car was dragged by floodwater and trapped under a bridge near Porlock, Somerset, on SundayCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
 Flood water surrounds abandoned cars left in a flooded street in Tenbury Wells
Flood water surrounds abandoned cars left in a flooded street in Tenbury WellsCredit: AFP or licensors
 A boy wades down a flooded residential street in Nantgarw, South Wales
A boy wades down a flooded residential street in Nantgarw, South WalesCredit: Alamy Live News
 Fire crew were saved by colleagues in Lindridge, Worcestershire, when the River Teme burst its banks

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Fire crew were saved by colleagues in Lindridge, Worcestershire, when the River Teme burst its banksCredit: AFP or licensors
 A DPD delivery driver was from his van in the New Forest, Hampshire

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A DPD delivery driver was from his van in the New Forest, HampshireCredit: Bournemouth News
 Motors are swamped by floodwater following heavy rain in Nantgarw, South Wales

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Motors are swamped by floodwater following heavy rain in Nantgarw, South WalesCredit: Wales News Service
UK weather forecast Monday 17th February – Storm Dennis continues to bring chaos with blustery winds, hail and even more rain
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