Floods in UK – No End in Sight


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Floods have swept across the UK once again after a weekend of heavy rain, high tides and storms, causing damage in Scotland, Wales and England.  There are currently 2 severe flood warnings and 70 flood warnings for England and Wales, and 15 for Scotland.

Further rainfall is expected, especially from around Wednesday this week, with Wales and parts of flood stricken south west England most likely to be affected. The coming severe weather will be a result of a storm heading in from the Atlantic, most likely to hit areas of Ireland and the United Kingdom on Wednesday 5 February 2014.

Wales

Heavy rain, high tides and stormy weather left parts of Wales enduring further flooding. Sunday’s high tide flooded Aberystwyth on the Ceredigion coast for the second time this year. In Newgale, Pembrokeshire, 10 bus passengers has to be rescued the vehicle was stranded in flood water caused by huge waves.

 

Scotland

At the time of writing, the Scottish environment agency SEPA had issued 15 flood warnings and 14 alerts are in place across much of the west of Scotland, Tayside, Fife and Aberdeenshire. SEPA urged public to remain vigilant, especially around coastal areas. The warnings follow some flooding that struck in the Scottish Western Isles. Again a combination of strong winds and high tides was the main cause of flooding in some areas including the town of Stornoway on Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. Elsewhere in Scotland, roads have been flooded in Dumfries and Galloway, causing traffic disruptions.

England

Somerset Somerset suffered yet further flooding over the weekend after the River Parrett burst its banks at Burrowbridge due to the high tide. Currently the Environment Agency are running pumps 24 hours a day to drain water from the Somerset Levels.

 

The situation there is now so dire that armed forces personnel are on stand-by to help villages in Somerset cut off by the floods.

 

Parts of Somerset, especially the Somerset Levels, have been submerged since early January, some in fact since December last year. To get an idea of how widespread and severe the flooding has been there, see the video clip below.

Surrey
In Surrey, the River Mole once again burst its banks – this is the third time in five weeks – leaving the centre of Leatherhead under water. The Mole also broke its banks at Cobham, Stoke D’Abernon and Mickleham.

Cumbria
Cumbria’s west coast suffered from tidal floods which have left huge amounts of debris in their wake. Roads were blocked and emergency and maintenance services worked to clear the debris. At the time of writing, the Dubmill Point to Silloth road is still closed due to concerns about structural damage.

Worcestershire
Heavy rain over the weekend had increased levels and flow of the River Severn in Worcester. One man had to be rescued from the river after he had fallen in.

Hampshire
Heavy rain in Botley resulted in a landslide that blocked a railway line between Fareham and Eastleigh. Train services have been suspended at least until Wednesday.

Shropshire
Torrential downpours and almost continuous rainfall on waterlogged ground is leading to extensive flooding across the Shropshire plain. Roads, footpaths and fields were under water in the area.

Kent
West Kent suffered more flooding over the weekend after heavy rain. Tenterden was the worst affected area.

Essex
Epping Forest, an area just to the north east of London, suffered from severe flooding, leaving many vehicles trapped on Saturday 1 February 2014.

The town of Ongar also suffered some flooding, leaving some roads blocked. Levels on the upper River Roding are rising rapidly after the heavy rainfall over the weekend.

Cornwall
Coastal areas of Cornwall have suffered flooding as a result of high tides, huge waves and strong winds. Looe, Tresillian and Penryn have all been flooded.

Current Flood Warnings for England and Wales

Sources: STV; BBC; Environment Agency