/Seven severe flood warnings for UK as more rain on way in Storm Dennis aftermath

Seven severe flood warnings for UK as more rain on way in Storm Dennis aftermath

Seven severe flood warnings remain in place across Britain in the wake of Storm Dennis, with more rain expected to fall later this week.

The Environment Agency (EA) said downpours have swelled rivers to “exceptional” levels in parts of Britain – while snow and ice are expected in parts of Scotland today.

Communities across the country are counting the cost of the weekend’s storm, which left hundreds of properties flooded.

Among the worst affected areas were South Wales, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Shropshire where major incidents were declared.

A man cycles through floodwater after the River Ouse burst its banks in York, northern England
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A woman who was swept away by floodwater near Tenbury in Worcestershire on Sunday was found dead on Monday.

A statement from the family of Yvonne Booth, 55, from the Great Barr area of Birmingham, said: “Yvonne is a very much loved member of our family and we are all devastated by this news.

“We appreciate the continued support from the emergency services. We would like to ask for our privacy at this time.”

Rescue workers help residents to safety on a boat in Hereford following Storm Dennis
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The Prime Minister resisted calls to chair a meeting of the Government’s emergency committee, Cobra, to tackle the flooding crisis, despite criticism from the Labour Party.

Luke Pollard, shadow environment secretary, said it was a “disgrace” that Boris Johnson had “refused” to visit affected communities.

West Mercia Police said residents in Upton upon Severn and Uckinghall, in Worcestershire, were advised to evacuate, with water levels expected to peak on Monday evening.

Seven severe flood warnings remain place, as well as 190 regular warnings and 233 alerts

Emergency evacuations were carried out in Hereford, where the River Wye reached its highest level on record.

And homes in Monmouth were evacuated after Natural Resources Wales issued two severe “danger to life” flood warnings for the River Wye in the town, with the water level expected to peak between 3am and 7am on Tuesday.

On Monday night, seven severe flood warnings from the EA were in place in England for the River Trent at Burton upon Trent; the River Wye at Blackmarstone in Hereford, and at Hampton Bishop; the River Severn at Uckinghall and at New Street and Waterside in Upton upon Severn; and the River Lugg at Hampton Bishop.

Two young women skirt floodwater from the River Wey by holding onto railings in central Guildford, Surrey
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A rainbow appears over flooded fields in the Wye Valley, near the hamlet of Wellesley
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Around 1,000 staff were on duty, with 5km of flood barriers deployed and 90 pumps in action, the EA said.

It warned the flood risk continues, with further heavy rain forecast in the north of England for Wednesday and Thursday, possibly falling on already flooded areas.

Met Office meteorologist Marco Petagna said Tuesday will bring a brief respite from the worst of the weather for most of the UK, with sunny spells and showers, but warned areas of Wales could see downpours.

As well as rain, snow and ice warnings are in place for Wednesday and Thursday in Scotland

“With the ground being so saturated it’s not going to help the situation,” he said.

“And there’s more persistent rain coming on Wednesday. There will be wet and windy weather across the UK on Wednesday and Thursday… with the heavy rain coming back.”

The Met Office has also issued two yellow weather warnings for snow and ice over parts of Scotland from 6pm on Monday, with further warnings of persistent rain in Wales for Wednesday and Thursday, which could be extended to the North West of England.

Water levels in the River Ouse in York begin to recede
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UK 5 day weather forecast

Today:

Another windy day with a mixture of sunny spells and blustery showers. Showers will be heavy at times, occasionally with hail and thunder and over hills showers will also be wintry. Feeling chilly.

Tonight:

Early evening showers will gradually become confined to the far north of Scotland. Colder than last night with a touch of frost. Rain then into Cornwall by dawn.

Wednesday:

Cold, bright start for most but early cloud and rain over Cornwall will spread eastwards. Rain then turns heavy at times over high ground in the west later. Turning windier.

Outlook for Thursday to Saturday:

Rain, some heavy, spreading East then blustery showers Thursday. South fine start Friday, cloud and rain in North reaching all areas, clearing to sun and showers. Further rain later Saturday.

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