Flood-hit residents braced for further flooding as rivers threaten barriers

Pablo Tucker
February 20, 2020

Storm Dennis has been linked to five deaths and the Environment Agency yesterday said that 645 properties in England had been flooded.

Towns and villages already devastated by Storm Dennis are preparing for more flooding misery after the United Kingdom was hit by more torrential rain yesterday.

It has also been activated for qualifying areas in Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, Worcestershire and Herefordshire which have seen significant impacts following Storm Dennis.

The sixth was named on Monday night as Yvonne Booth, 55, from Birmingham, who was swept into flood water near Tenbury Wells in Worcestershire on Sunday.

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Storm Dennis - the second major storm of the winter -- blew through the United Kingdom on Saturday and Sunday, bringing wind gusts of up to 90 miles per hour (145 kph) and heavy rain that flooded roads, railways, homes and businesses.

The Met Office, Britain's meteorological service, declared 10 severe flood warnings, meaning there is a "danger to life" for rivers Severn Trent, Wye and Lugg.

Emergency evacuations were carried out in Hereford, where the River Wye reached its highest level on record.

Met Office meteorologist Marco Petagna said Tuesday will bring a brief respite from the worst of the weather for most of the United Kingdom, with sunny spells and showers, but warned areas of Wales could see downpours.

Environment Secretary George Eustice said: "We've once again seen the devastating effects of floods on households and communities across the country". But record-breaking river degrees and also proceeded rains ways further flooding is feasible throughout much of the nation, EA exec supervisor of flooding and also seaside threat administration John Curtin stated. Additional rain is in the forecast for Wednesday and Thursday, possibly extending flooding conditions.

Councillor Peter Fox, leader of Monmouthshire County Council, said: "My heart goes out to people across the county who have been impacted by the severe weather that we have been experiencing in Monmouthshire".

The Met Office has issued two yellow weather warnings for snow and ice over parts of Scotland from 6pm on Monday, with further warnings of persistent rain in Wales for Wednesday and Thursday, which could be extended to the North West of England.

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