Storm Dennis to hit West Berkshire

Pablo Tucker
February 15, 2020

NFU mutual has received 87 insurance claims for damage caused by Storm Ciara in Suffolk and North Essex so far and expects to receive more in the next few days with fears rising of more strong winds this weekend.

In York, where the Ouse peaked at more than 14ft on Tuesday, river levels remained high at almost 11ft yesterday.

It comes after Storm Ciara flooded hundreds of homes last weekend.

Paul Gundersen, chief meteorologist at the Met Office, said: "Another spell of very wet and windy weather is expected for Saturday".

The worst-hit areas could see between 120-140mm of rainfall and gusts of up to 80mph over the weekend, the Met Office said.

"Although Storm Dennis is now not expected to be as severe as Ciara, disruption is still likely".

He said the snow which fell in parts of England following Storm Ciara is likely to melt as the rain arrives on Saturday.

A landslip which has shut the Kilmarnock-Carlisle railway line near Holywood, north of Dumfries, since Monday will take another month to fix, Network Rail said.

"Our priority will be to try to keep the main roads safe and open as far as possible for emergency access, and provided that need is met our resources will be used wherever else they can be to help affected communities".

Mr Curtin said temporary flood defences were being deployed in many places but added it was too early to tell exactly where the most intense rain would fall.

A weather warning had been in place from 10am on Saturday, February 15 until midnight that night.

Storm Dennis' arrival on Sunday has prompted another yellow warning until noon on Monday, for winds gusting to 70mph, affecting the whole of Scotland apart from Orkney and Shetland.

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