UK – Further Flooding Reported After Heavy Rain in Wake of Storm Angus

Update, 24 November 2016

It is thought that Storm Angus has claimed 2 lives. A woman after being swept out to sea off the coast of Folkestone, Kent, amid gale-force winds. The body a a missing man has been found in Neath, Wales. It is thought that the man swept away by flood waters from the swollen River Ogmore.

Initial reports suggest that around 150 homes have been affected by flooding after heavy rains from Storm Angus, according to the Environment Agency, who say that flood defences protected over 5,000 homes.

Image: Environment Agency.
Image: Environment Agency.
Image: Environment Agency.
Image: Environment Agency.

Some areas of England recorded as much rain as would normally be seen for the whole of November in just 3 days.

Image: Environment Agency
Image: Environment Agency

Original Report, 22 November 2016

The heavy rain that followed Storm Angus caused flooding in parts of the England and Wales on Monday 21 November and early Tuesday, 22 November.

Homes have been damaged and rail and road transport severely disrupted. Police in South Wales fear a missing man been swept away by flood water. The storm has also brought strong winds, with gusts of up to 70mph recorded on the Isle of Wight.

Parts of the South West of England and South Wales had already seen some flooding from Storm Angus on Sunday 20 November. Evacuations were carried out in South Molton in North Devon, and Maesteg in Wales.

South West

On Monday 21 November, Dunkeswell aerodrome in east Devon recorded around 50mm of rain in 24 hours. Exeter has recorded 74 mm of rain in 48 hours and Liscombe 60 mm, according to the Met Office.

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Devon and Somerset Fire Service said they have rescued at least 6 people who were trapped in their vehicles in flood water.

Roads have been flooded and public transport also affected. The railway line between Bristol Parkway and Swindon in Wiltshire was also flooded and train services cancelled.

Fourteen schools in Devon were forced to close as a result of the severe weather and transport difficulties.

Greater Manchester

Greater Manchester fire and rescue service said they received around 230 calls during the evening of 21 November. Homes were damaged by flooding in Stalybridge and Hyde, and firefighters were called upon to carry out water rescues for trapped motorists in Oldham and Ashton-under-Lyne, Tameside.

Wales

In south Wales, residents are beginning to clean up flood damage caused on Sunday in the town of Maesteg.

Meanwhile, a man from Neath has been missing since early on Monday and police fear he may have been swept away by flood waters whilst driving his vehicle.

Yorkshire

North Yorkshire fire and rescue service reported over 20 incidents of flooded properties in Harrogate and Hambleton. Firefighters also rescued eight people from cars stuck in flood water.

Surface flooding was also reported in parts of west Yorkshire,where some roads were blocked, in particular on the M62 motorway.

East Midlands

Roads were also closed and public transport severely delayed as flash floods hit Nottinghamshire on Monday. Traffic was at a standstill on parts of the Nottingham’s road network as a result of surface flooding.

Several rivers, including the Trent, Leen, Soar, Maun and Erewash were placed on flood alert. Some homes were reported as damaged by flooding in Wymeswold, Leicestershire, after a small river overflowed.

Flood Warnings

No further rain warnings have been issued by the Met Office. However, Storm Angus has left soil saturated and river levels high, and the threat of flooding has not yet passed.

As of 10:00 Tuesday 22 November, the Environment Agency had 37 Flood Warnings in place (20 for the South West, 8 for the Midlands, 8 for the North West and 1 in East Anglia), meaning that flooding is expected and people should take immediate action.

There were also 196 Flood Alerts (Flooding is possible. Be prepared.) in place.

Check flood warnings here.

Flood summary

Last updated: November 28, 2016
Event
Storm Angus, England and Wales, November 2016
Date
November 19, 2016
Type
Inland flood, River flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall

Locations

A - Braunton
B - South Molton
C - Maesteg
D - Hengrove Bristol
E - Stalybridge
F - Hyde
G - Harrogate
H - Hambleton
I - Wymeswold

Magnitude

Rainfall level
59 mm in 24 hours
Exeter - November 19 to November 20, 2016
Rainfall level
50 mm in 24 hours
Dunkeswell - November 20 to November 21, 2016

Damages

Evacuated
100 people
South Molton - November 20 to November 20, 2016
Evacuated
40 people
Maesteg - November 20 to November 20, 2016
Buildings damaged
150 buildings
November 20 to November 24, 2016
Fatalities
2 people
November 20 to November 24, 2016
1 man died in floods in Neath, Wales. A woman died after being swept out to sea off the coast of Folkestone, Kent

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