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. http://t.co/UxMbHIYx
Flooding problems in Devonare continuing after the River Exe burst its banks.
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 Cornwallpolice 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.
Many roads across South west Englandand Walesare 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.
Sources: The Guardian, ITV News, BBC News, BBC Weather, Sky News, Daily Mail, Met Office