UK – Days of Rain Cause Rivers to Overflow in England and Wales

Emergency services have carried out over 100 flood rescues in England and Wales after days of heavy rain.

Floods in Shropshire, UK October 2019. Photo: Shropshire Fire and Rescue

Flooding has affected parts of Shropshire, Herefordshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire in England and Monmouthshire in Wales.

The Environment Agency installed emergency flood barriers along several rivers including the Wye and Severn, protecting thousands of homes.

The Wye river broke its banks causing some flooding in areas around Ross on Wye and Hereford, where around 20 homes were evacuated. Some flooding was also reported in areas around Worcester, where the Severn river was 4 metres above normal levels, and its highest since 2014. Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service said they rescued over 90 people from flooding-related incidents between 26 and 28 October, 2019.

Areas along the border between England and Wales also saw some flooding after the Morrow river overflowed in parts on Monmouthshire, Wales, and near the village of Kentchurch in Herefordshire.

In Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Services carried out flood rescues after the Churnett river broke its banks near Oakmoor.

The town of Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire has been surrounded by flood waters for 2 days after rivers overflowed. Tewkesbury stands at the confluence of the Avon and Severn rivers, which have broken their banks in the town for the fourth time in 12 years.

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