Heavy showers bring fresh flooding to parts of UK

A third consecutive weekend of stormy weather has brought further flooding to already sodden communities.

With swathes of south Wales and northern and central England still trying to cope with the impact of storms Ciara and Dennis, heavy showers have hit parts of the UK with warnings of more to come.

The Met Office said more belts of heavy rain were due on Saturday night and again on Sunday night, accompanied by warnings of high winds and snow in Scotland.

On Saturday morning, the Environment Agency had 90 flood warnings in place, as well as 153 flood alerts, covering areas from Wiltshire to Cumbria. Two severe flood warnings – meaning an imminent danger to life – remain in force for the River Lugg at Hampton Bishop, near Hereford.

Flooding was reported across the southern edge of the Yorkshire Dales on Friday night, with the village of Horton in Ribblesdale cut off by rising water.

North Yorkshire fire and rescue service tweeted: “We have two crews from Settle, Grassington and a water rescue team from Ripon in Horton in Ribblesdale which is currently surrounded by flood water. Crews are checking residents and ensuring everyone is safe.”

The service also said it had helped four people to safety from a stranded vehicle in Skipton, as well as helping with flooded properties in the village of Giggleswick.

North Yorkshire police said the A65 between Gargrave and Settle was impassible due to flooding on Friday night, and West Yorkshire police reported problems on the same road between Ilkley and Burley on Saturday morning.

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

The damage wreaked by Storm Dennis last weekend and Storm Ciara the week before is projected to run into the billions to repair.

Prince Charles during a visit to Pontypridd, Wales

Prince Charles during a visit to Pontypridd, Wales. Photograph: Chris Jackson/PA

Although this weekend will bring bouts of rain, high winds and even snow in places, the Met Office said on Saturday the conditions did not merit classifying the weather as a named storm.

Forecaster Marco Petagna said Saturday would bring a respite from the rain in some areas but there was a warning for high winds in the north and another band of stormy weather would sweep in from the south-west during the night.

He said a yellow weather warning had been issued for rain in parts of Wales on Sunday with 60mm (2.36in) in total expected in some upland areas. He said another storm system would move across the whole of the UK on Sunday night with high winds, rain and snow in Scotland and parts of northern England.

Prince Charles visited Pontypridd in south Wales on Friday, which has been badly hit by the floods. It is estimated that 1,100 properties – both residential and commercial – have been affected in the Rhondda Cynon Taf area.

The prince walked down Pontypridd’s high street, where many shops have been closed due to flood damage.

Caroline Douglass, the director of incident management at the Environment Agency, said: “This will be the third weekend of exceptional river levels and stormy weather. With the effects of climate change, we need to prepare for more frequent periods of extreme weather like this.

“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 flood water.”

The agency said river levels had exceeded existing records with the Colne, Ribble, Calder, Aire, Trent, Severn, Wye, Lugg and Derwent among the many rivers where records have been broken.

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



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