/UK flood warnings and weather forecast – thousands told ‘get out’ as towns brace for worst floods in 200 YEARS

UK flood warnings and weather forecast – thousands told ‘get out’ as towns brace for worst floods in 200 YEARS

THOUSANDS of residents in flood-threatened towns have been urged to flee their homes, as the UK faces six more days of downpours and the worst flooding in 200 years.

The River Wye and River Trent have burst their banks in the wake of Storm Dennis and six danger to life warnings are in place before a month’s rain is set to fall.

 UK weather forecast - Caban Coch Dam in Wales was transformed into a waterfall following torrential rain
UK weather forecast – Caban Coch Dam in Wales was transformed into a waterfall following torrential rain
 Specialist water rescue team helping a trapped pony out of flood water from a field beside the River Wey in Guildford
Specialist water rescue team helping a trapped pony out of flood water from a field beside the River Wey in GuildfordCredit: PA:Press Association
 Aerial view of Tewkesbury Abbey this morning where there's only one road open, to get in and out of the town

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Aerial view of Tewkesbury Abbey this morning where there’s only one road open, to get in and out of the townCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
 A man looks out at the flood waters approaching his business on the banks of the River Ouse in York, North Yorkshire

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A man looks out at the flood waters approaching his business on the banks of the River Ouse in York, North YorkshireCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
 A wave crashes over a man taking pictures on the lower promenade at Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear

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A wave crashes over a man taking pictures on the lower promenade at Whitley Bay, Tyne and WearCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
 UK weather forecast -the UK is facing dozens of flood alerts and warnings today after heavy rain

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UK weather forecast -the UK is facing dozens of flood alerts and warnings today after heavy rain

The Met Office has warned of six days of “severe” rain still to come, as sodden Brits have been left with flooded homes and devastation from storms Dennis and Ciara.

Forecasters warned four inches of rain will fall in 24 hours on already saturated ground, raising fears of more flooding.

The Environment Agency warned: “We are in uncharted territory.”

Rescuers pulled OAPs from care homes and ferried stranded residents to safety on inflatable boats in Wales and northern England yesterday.

The River Severn surged through Ironbridge, Shrops, at a rate of 470tons of water per second.

Locals erected flood barriers in an attempt to protect historic buildings and properties from the water.

Around 30 locals took refuge in a cocktail bar after fleeing their homes.

At Hereford, the Wye reached 20ft, the highest since records began 200 years ago.

And Caban Coch Dam in mid-Wales resembled a waterfall as a torrent cascaded over the top.

Yesterday an expert has warned the country is facing a “national emergency” after failing to prepare.

Environmental scientist Angela Terry told the Mirror: “Sending the army to fill sandbags is a sticking plaster.

“As temperatures rise, the atmosphere can hold more water so downpours are more intense – 7 per cent more for every degree celsius temperature increase – so flooding will increase.

“We are currently in a national emergency.”

The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings from today until Saturday morning, with already drenched parts of Wales and northern England bracing for 100mm of rain in 24 hours.

Wet weather is due to continue for the next four days, as Brits struggle to cope with the onslaught of two storms in two weekends.

FLOODY HELL

It comes after five people died in the flooding and rough seas as Storm Dennis rampaged through the country.

Yvonne Booth, 55, was swept into floodwater near a bridge which crosses the River Teme, near Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire, on Sunday as the number of flood warnings hit an all-time record.

As the Environment Agency issues more than 400 flood alerts and warnings in the wake of the weekend’s storm, it’s chief has warned the devastation is “not yet over”.

Sir James Bevan said: “Something has changed. The climate emergency is driving more violent weather, higher seas and heavier rainfall. We need an approach.”

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

People have been driven out of their devastated homes, as a care home in Whitchurch was yesterday “overcome by flooding” and the town of Ironbridge was evacuated.

York has 4,000 sandbags placed around the city to try and combat the rising river, with  residents being told the country is “not out of the woods yet”.

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.

And in Cardiff, staff at a care company watched as the contents of their flooded office was loaded into a tipper lorry and taken to the dump.

The River Wye reached its highest levels on record on Monday, peaking at more than six metres, with the EA describing levels as “exceptional”.

And today the River Trent peaked today at just below four metres – breaking another record.

Severe flood warnings have been issued for the River Severn at Upton upon Severn and Uckinghall, the River Wye at Hereford and Hampton Bishop, the River Trent at Burton upon Trent and the River Lugg at Hampton Bishop.

As temperatures rise, the atmosphere can hold more water so downpours are more intense – 7 per cent more for every degree celsius temperature increase – so flooding will increase. We are currently in a national emergency.

Angela Terry

In Wales, there are two severe warnings in place on the River Wye at Monmouth – where homes have been evacuated and people have been urged to limit water use due to the flooding.

Today Brits can expect another windy day with some sunshine and heavy showers.

Hilly spots might see some snowy showers with hail and thunder, as the temperature feels chilly.

Boris Johnson has faced calls to chair a meeting of the Government’s emergency committee Cobra to tackle the flooding crisis.

Superintendent Sue Thomas, the Local Policing Commander for Herefordshire and head of the emergency flooding response team, said: “We still very much in an emergency phase.

“Whilst the rivers going through Hereford city have gone down significantly, we are still concerned about the River Lugg and River Wye towards Symonds Yat so there’s still a lot to do.”

Met Office meteorologist Marco Petagna said of today’s weather: “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.”

Flood resilience expert warns people to protect mental health over homes

As hundreds of homes are evacuated amid severe flood warnings, a flood resilience expert from Kingston University is warning people facing imminent floods to protect their mental health as well as their property.

Dr Tim Harries, senior research fellow at Kingston Business School, said: “It’s extremely stressful to stay in your home and watch the water come rushing in, so you should do what you can to protect your home and move possessions out of reach of the water – but then get out.

“You should prioritise the most precious items – those with emotional value that cannot be replaced, such as photo albums or a child’s favourite teddy bear.”

Paul Mason, group manager of South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, said the scene his team had faced over the weekend 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.”

And as Brits try to recover from the flooding danger, there are already fears that another storm – Storm Ellen – is brewing.

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Met Office meteorologist Bonnie Diamond told the Sun Online: “The good news is that Storm Dennis has cleared away.

“However, just because it has stopped raining doesn’t mean the floods will recede immediately and we will still have to cope with the amount of rain that fell over the weekend.”

 Flood water surrounds Upton upon Severn in Worcestershire
Flood water surrounds Upton upon Severn in WorcestershireCredit: PA:Press Association
 Firefighters rescue staff and residents from a care home in the village of Whitchurch on the banks of the River Wye

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Firefighters rescue staff and residents from a care home in the village of Whitchurch on the banks of the River WyeCredit: Getty Images – Getty
 Ironbridge, near Telford, has seen widespread flooding in the wake of Storm Dennis

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Ironbridge, near Telford, has seen widespread flooding in the wake of Storm DennisCredit: PA:Press Association
 Sandbags being delivered to peoples homes on Gloucester Road, Tewkesbury

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Sandbags being delivered to peoples homes on Gloucester Road, TewkesburyCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
 Traffic on the A938 near Carrbridge this morning as blizzards hit the Highlands today

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Traffic on the A938 near Carrbridge this morning as blizzards hit the Highlands todayCredit: Northpix
 Snow has hit Scotland today as wintry weather sweeps in over the country

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Snow has hit Scotland today as wintry weather sweeps in over the countryCredit: Northpix
 The Met Office has issued snow and ice warnings today as the bad weather continues

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The Met Office has issued snow and ice warnings today as the bad weather continuesCredit: Met Office
 The Army has been brought in to help residents in Hereford cope with the flooding

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The Army has been brought in to help residents in Hereford cope with the floodingCredit: PA:Press Association
 The water levels have risen dramatically in the wake of Storm Dennis this weekend

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The water levels have risen dramatically in the wake of Storm Dennis this weekendCredit: PA:Press Association
 Flood water surrounds Upton upon Severn in Worcestershire

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Flood water surrounds Upton upon Severn in WorcestershireCredit: PA:Press Association
 A flooded road in Sutton Gault near Ely in Cambridgeshire after the Ouse burst it's banks

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A flooded road in Sutton Gault near Ely in Cambridgeshire after the Ouse burst it’s banksCredit: GEOFF ROBINSON.
 A driver blasts their way through flooded Essex roads after a weekend of heavy rainfall

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A driver blasts their way through flooded Essex roads after a weekend of heavy rainfallCredit: Stephen Huntley/HVC.
 Flooded cottages in Monmouth, in the aftermath of Storm Dennis - residents have been evacuated

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Flooded cottages in Monmouth, in the aftermath of Storm Dennis – residents have been evacuatedCredit: PA:Press Association
 A man walks through a flooded shop in Tenbury Wells, western England

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A man walks through a flooded shop in Tenbury Wells, western EnglandCredit: AFP or licensors
 Aerial view of Worcester this morning where vast areas of the city, sit submerged in water in the aftermath of storm Dennis

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Aerial view of Worcester this morning where vast areas of the city, sit submerged in water in the aftermath of storm DennisCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
 DPD delivery van marooned in flood water caused by Storm Dennis in Fordingbridge, Hants

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DPD delivery van marooned in flood water caused by Storm Dennis in Fordingbridge, HantsCredit: Fordingbridge Home Care/Triangle News
 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.
Cars swept away by floodwater in Hay-on-Wye when River Way broke its banks after Storm Dennis hit the UK
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