More Floods Expected In UK Over Next 24 Hours

Floods

The Environment Agency (EA) has said up to 1.6 inches (4cm) of rain could fall today and has issued a total of 222 flood warnings, with 83 of them being serious ones.

More than 300 properties have been flooded across England and Wales since Sunday, while scores of motorists were stranded as roads and railways ground to a halt.

The EA said people living near the River Ouse in Yorkshire and the River Severn in the south west of the country should be wary as water levels would rise on Wednesday due to the rain.

Those living in the North West and North Wales have also been warned about potential flooding.

On Tuesday conditions were so treacherous in the north-east that Durham police took the unusual step of urging companies to let staff leave work early to minimise rush-hour disruption.

Rosemary Murdie, 20, and her 24-year-old sister-in-law Leanne Bullock, 24, had to be carried from their home in Newburn, Newcastle.

‘We could hear the water gushing in at just after 5am, it was like a river,’ said Ms Murdie.

‘Everything is ruined, it’s really upsetting and the water is filthy. I don’t know where we’re going to go now.’

Heavy downpours have hit Scotland, northern England and Wales, with the worst-hit areas receiving two-and-a-half months of rain in three days. Four people have already died in incidents linked to the storms.

Severe weather warnings remain in place for many areas today when the storm – described by forecasters as a ‘beast’– is expected to move south.

In Rothbury, Northumberland, cars were sent careering down a river and water from the swollen River Coquet flooded several homes.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service attended almost 300 incidents, including rescuing more than 20 people from dozens of cars stranded in flood water.

In Scotland, rain and winds of more than 70mph swept sand-filled foam into coastal areas, while about 2,000 homes were left without power.

One of Britain’s biggest blood banks was forced to close in Bristol. Major transport links were also hit with more than 100 vehicles trapped on a 48km (30-mile) stretch of the A1 in Yorkshire.

Several rail services were heavily disrupted as well, with passengers urged not to travel north of York. The Met Office said rainfall totals showed some areas received twice their usual rainfall for the whole of September in recent days.

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