Further flooding expected as UK gets back to work

Strong
winds and large waves are expected to cause further coastal flooding today.

The
Environment Agency issued one severe flood warning in Dorset – meaning
“there is significant risk to life” – and 87 flood warnings where
flooding is “expected” across almost every region in England and
Wales.

Heavy
rain fell across much of the UK
last night, with up to 1.6in (40mm) expected on higher ground today.

The
Environment Agency estimates about 220 properties have been flooded so far as
miles of coastline have been battered and roads and fields across the country
are under water.

The
Met Office also issued a “be aware” yellow warning for wind as gusts
of up to 70mph are expected on the west and south-west coast of Britain and the
east coast of Northern Ireland today, causing ”exceptionally high waves”.

The
transport network has also been hit, with roads closed and trains delayed or
cancelled in many areas.

First
Great Western warned passengers there was a risk to services in Cornwall, Devon, Somerset,
Wiltshire and Dorset.

The
Thames Barrier was in operation last night to protect people and property along
the river.

The
Environment Agency (EA) urged communities in Dorset and Oxfordshire to remain
prepared for ”significant flooding” in the lower reaches of the Thames, Dorset Stour and Frome rivers.

Ongoing
flooding is expected on the Somerset Levels and rivers in the South East,
including the Severn, remain ”very high”
after recent rainfall.

Jonathan
Day, flood risk manager at the Environment Agency, warned the risk of flooding
continued this week.

He
said: ”Although high tides are now falling, there remains a risk of coastal
flooding, especially on the south and west coasts.

”In
addition, wet conditions have left the ground saturated in many areas,
increasing the risk of river and surface water flooding.

”We
would urge people to be prepared by checking their flood risk, signing up to
free flood warnings and keeping an eye on the latest flood updates via the EA
website and Twitter.”


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The
coastal surge in recent days has tested more than 1,864 miles (3,000km) of
flood defences in England
and more than 205,000 properties have been protected, according to the
Environment Agency.

David
Cameron pledged lessons will be learned from the flooding and insisted that the
Environment Agency has been given the funding to protect frontline services.

The
Prime Minister told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show: ”We’re spending £2.3 billion
in this four-year period on flood defences which is more than the previous
four-year period.

”We
have also enabled them to access other sources of money – partnership funding –
so I think we’re going to see record levels of spending on flood defences and
we have guaranteed that right out into 2020 so they can really plan for the
future.”

Mr
Cameron added: ”I think flood warnings are better, I think the flood defences
have protected tens of thousands of homes but there will always be lessons to
learn and I’ll make sure they are learned.”

 

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