Significant Risk To Life For Parts Of UK As Flood Warnings Grow


Residents in parts of Britain have been told they face a ‘significant risk to life’ from flooding, as more rain is forecast for the first weekend of February.

Following the wettest January since records began, parts of Gloucestershire in the Midlands have been issued with a high risk weather warning by the Environment Agency.

This means they should ‘avoid all non-essential travel or postpone journeys if at all possible’ and be prepared for ‘extraordinary measures’.

‘Severe flooding is expected in the lower reaches of the River Severn in Gloucestershire as a result of high tidal levels combined with high river levels,’ the Environment Agency said.

Weekend rain and floods pose 'significant risk to life'
Water is pumped from flooded fields in south-west England.

‘Conditions are expected to result in danger to life due to flood bank over-topping and fast flowing water, and severe disruption to transport with a risk of motorists becoming stranded.’

Large parts of Wales and the south-west of England also look set for another battering from high winds and torrential rain, while people are being warned to steer clear of the coasts because of high tides and significant waves that could cause damage.

Rain and snow are also forecast across the north of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland throughout Saturday, although conditions are expected to ease by Sunday.

Weekend rain and floods pose 'significant risk to life'
A submereged gate leading to a flooded field in the village of Burrowbridge, Somerset after the wettest January since records began in 1910.

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