Prince Charles to meet storm Dennis flood victims

Lawrence Kim
February 25, 2020

Many areas have been left struggling to cope in recent weeks as England has been hit with 141% of its average February rainfall so far.

Since the start of Storm Dennis, over 1,000 Environment Agency staff have been mobilised to operate flood defences and temporary pumps, clear debris from rivers and inspect damaged flood defences.

The EA predictions were echoed by the Met Office, who have forecast another deluge across northern regions and parts of England in the coming days.

Met Office forecaster Grahame Madge said: "There is still heavy rain in the forecast, and some of this will be falling on areas already affected by flooding".

There are also warnings in place for strong winds in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the northern English counties, with gusts expected to reach 50mph to 60mph, perhaps even 75mph.

Motorists have also been warned to avoid Billams Bridge, in Otley, on Saturday.

Mr Miall said the southern counties of England and Wales as well as the Midlands and East Anglia were looking a bit drier for Saturday, before the tables turn on Sunday.

He was already because of go to Wales to check drive the brand new Aston Martin however has added a go to to Pontypridd after seeing the devastation the floods have brought on to the world. He said: "They discovered they could run it on surplus English white wine, but also I hadn't realised that they had mixed whey into it too".

Fundraising efforts have continued for those affected by the floods, with multiple communities in Wales starting collections.

Several lines in Wales remain closed due to the weather, including Aberdare to Pontypridd; Ebbw Vale Town to Cardiff Central; Abergavenny to Hereford; and Blaenau Ffestiniog to Llandudno.

Caroline Douglass, director of incident management at the EA, said: "Flooding has a long lasting and devastating impact on people's lives, and our thoughts remain with all those who have been flooded and continue to feel the impacts of the persistent wet weather".

Officials said a third weekend of exceptional river levels and stormy weather could cause flooding across the Pennines, parts of the Midlands and the north of England.

"People need to be aware of their flood risk, sign up to flood warnings, make a flood plan and not to drive or walk through floodwater".

But the agency said that, even with record river levels, the number of homes flooded has been lower than in other major flood events of the last 20 years.

Cumbria's Shap, which recorded 120 mm across February 2019, saw 52 mm fall before day broke on Thursday.

The village of Capel Curig in north Wales received 54 mm of rain in 24 hours, compared to an average of 97 mm of rain for the whole of February. On Wednesday, the actor Michael Sheen launched a campaign to raise money for affected communities in Wales, which raised half of its £10,000 goal within the first five hours.

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