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Sunday, 23 December 2012

Flooding continues to cause disruption in parts of UK

Sunday 23 December 2012

Flooding continues to cause problems for many people in the South West of England (see post from Saturday 22 December here). Whilst heavy rains further north have also caused problems in the Midlands, Wales and parts of Scotland today

Warnings from the Met Office:

Andy Page, Met Office Chief Forecaster, said: "Following a very wet and windy weekend, there is yet more rain expected to spread from the South West this evening and during Monday. This will give 10 to 20 mm of rain quite widely across parts of England and Wales but south west England my see in excess of 30 mm in places.

Almost half of the expected monthly rainfall fell in one day in parts of UK 

PHOTO - Floods disrupt travel: The railway line through Exeter underwater.  via @BeebJournalist

Flooding problems in Devon are continuing after the River Exe burst its banks.

VIDEO: Railway engineers are working alongside the emergency services to try and prevent water reaching a vital signal box on the Paddington to Penzance line at Exeter

The Environment Agency still had one severe flood warning – meaning there is "danger to life" – in place on Sunday morning, for the river Cober at Helston, in west Cornwall, after heavy rainfall overnight.

There were 182 flood warnings, urging people to take immediate action, with the most in the south-west and the Midlands.

In Umberleigh, near Barnstaple in Devon, a woman was rescued by a lifeboat after she was swept away from her car in the early hours of Sunday. A Devon and Cornwall police helicopter found the woman clinging to branches of a tree on the banks of the swollen river Taw.

In Looe, Cornwall, heavy rain caused two landslides which cut off the nearby the village of Hannafore.

The RNLI says it rescued 12 people, two dogs and six cats - using two lifeboats - in Lostwithiel, Cornwall on Saturday evening.

Around 40 homes were evacuated in Stonehaven after the River Carron burst its banks and affected a number of streets in the centre of the town. Residents said water levels were waist-high.

VIDEO - Eleven families fled their homes in Wales over night as a 20 foot wall collapsed onto homes after two landslides.

Many roads across South west England and Wales are still closed due to flooding. For example in Devon, the A379, A377, A3072, A396, A388 were all still closed at 15:00 on Sunday. Whilst rail passengers are still being advised not to try and travel west of Taunton.

Additional information:
ITV News

Sources: The Guardian, ITV News, BBC News, BBC Weather, Sky News, Daily Mail, Met Office

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