UK and Ireland – Dozens Evacuated After Heavy Rain Causes Rivers to Overflow

A storm caused major flooding in parts of the UK and Ireland between 22 and 23 November. Some areas recorded around 90 mm of rain in 24 hours. Winds of up to 80 mph (128 km/h) were reported in north Wales.

England

Around 70 people were evacuated from their homes in Galgate, Lancashire, northern England, after heavy rain caused the River Conder to overflow. The river reached 2.89 metres during the peak of the flooding early on 23 November, the highest level on record.

Emergency crews received about 500 calls during the storm, with parts of Lancaster also affected by flooding. Train services were cancelled and roads in the area closed.

A spokesman for Lancashire Constabulary said: “All agencies worked really hard in a co-ordinated effort to minimise disruption and protect the public and we will continue to support those communities worst affected. The focus is now firmly on supporting those communities which have been most affected.”

Flooding was also reported in nearby counties of North Yorkshire and Cumbria.

In Cumbria the the town of Appleby-in-Westmorland was the worst affected after River Eden burst its banks.

Flooding was also reported in the the Craven area of North Yorkshire, where police closed roads several locations, making villages in the north of Craven difficult to access.

Wales

The Afon Cefni river overflowed in areas around Llangefni in Anglesey, North Wales, prompting emergency service to carry out some flood rescues.

Roads in Gwynedd and Conwy were also affected by flooding. Some train and ferry services from Anglesey were cancelled.

Ireland

In Ireland, around 100 home suffered flood damage in Mountmellick in County Laois after the River Barrow burst its banks in 22 November.

Laois County Council advised residents in the Portarlington area that levels in the River Barrow were high as a result of the recent heavy rainfall, adding that “residents in areas vulnerable to flooding should take sensible precautions”.

Laois County Council said that roads crews, Civil Defence crews and Fire Service crews were in attendance and stressed that “members of the public are requested to observe road closure signs, drive appropriately and not attempt to drive through flooded areas.”

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Flood Summary

Last updated: November 27, 2017
Event
UK and Ireland, November 2017
Date
November 22, 2017
Type
Flash flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall

Locations

A - Mountmellick (Ireland)
B - Galgate (United Kingdom)
C - Lancaster
D - Appleby-in-Westmorland (United Kingdom)
E - Craven (United Kingdom)
F - Llangefni (United Kingdom)

Magnitude

Rainfall level
83.6 mm in 24 hours
Capel Curig, Wales, UK - November 22 to November 23, 2017
UK Met figures
Rainfall level
69.8 mm in 24 hours
Thirlmere St John's Beck near Keswick, UK - November 22 to November 22, 2017
Figures from Shoothill
Rainfall level
34.6 mm in 24 hours
Scalebeck near Appleby-in-Westmorland, UK - November 22 to November 22, 2017
Figures from Shoothill
Rainfall level
75.3 mm in 24 hours
Wet Sleddale near Shap, UK - November 22 to November 22, 2017
Figures from Shoothill
Rainfall level
45.4 mm in 24 hours
Casement, Ireland - November 22 to November 22, 2017
Figures from Met Éireann
Rainfall level
52 mm in 24 hours
Dublin Airport, Ireland - November 22 to November 22, 2017
Figures from Met Éireann
River level
2.667
Barrow River at Borness Laois County, Ireland - November 23 to November 23, 2017
River level
2.89 metres
river Conder at Galgate, England - November 23 to November 23, 2017

Damages

Evacuated
70 people
Galgate, Lancashire, UK - November 22 to November 23, 2017
Rescued
30 people
Llangefni, Anglesey, Wales, UK - November 22 to November 23, 2017
Estimated figures
Evacuated
100 people
Mountmellick - November 22 to November 23, 2017
estimated figure - 21 families

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