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Water covers the rail tracks

at Rotherham Central train station.

 

Northern Rail said

it expected ‘severe disruption’ to its network,

with services unable to run between Sheffield

and Gainsborough Central or Lincoln Central.

 

Services have also been suspended

between Sheffield and Leeds via Moorthorpe

following the deluge

 

Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

 

 

Flooding in Yorkshire – in pictures

 

Severe storms

have brought a month’s rainfall

in less than 24 hours

to parts of central and northern England.

 

Police have said a woman’s body

has been found near a stretch of the River Derwent

close to the town of Darley Dale in Derbyshire,

while in Sheffield dozens of people were trapped

in a shopping centre overnight

after becoming stranded by rising waters.

 

The torrential rain

also brought widespread travel disruption

G

Fri 8 Nov 2019    17.34 GMT

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/gallery/2019/nov/08/
flooding-in-yorkshire-in-pictures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul Sims and Chloe Facer

at Paul’s home in Fishlake Village.

 

Photograph: Gideon Mendel

 

The flooding in Fishlake – a photo essay

Since 2007,

photographer Gideon Mendel

has been working on Drowning World,

an art and advocacy project about flooding.

The series has taken him to India,

the Philippines, the US, France, Bangladesh and Haiti

– and now a South Yorkshire village

G

Fri 15 Nov 2019    10.35 GMT

Last modified on Fri 15 Nov 2019    11.16 GMT

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/nov/15/
flooding-fishlake-photographer-gideon-mendel-photo-essay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Guardian        G2        pp. 6-7        6 July 2007

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Independent        25 July 2007

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

flood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

flood / floods

 

https://www.theguardian.com/news/audio/2020/feb/20/
flooded-britain-a-new-normal-podcast

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/oct/02/
wuthering-depths-the-bronte-country-graphic-novel-rain-floods-fracking

 

 

 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/jan/05/
children-rescued-from-north-yorkshire-school-bus-caught-in-flood-water

 

 

 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/picture/2015/dec/27/
ben-jennings-on-flooding-in-northern-england-cartoon

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/dec/27/
floods-army-called-continue-devastate-northern-england

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/dec/27/
uk-floods-and-extreme-global-weather-linked-to-el-nino-and-climate-change

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/dec/27/
calderdale-flood-victims-survey-the-damage-i-cant-go-through-this-again

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/dec/27/
dutch-style-delta-plan-floods-uk-netherlands

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2015/dec/27/
flooding-northern-england-pictures

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/dec/26/
hundreds-flee-their-homes-as-englands-north-is-submerged

 

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/aug/08/
uk-floods-six-months-on-photographs-gideon-mendel

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2014/feb/09/
somerset-floods-living-underwater-in-pictures

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/mar/02/
britain-faces-more-floods-and-droughts

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/jun/23/
floods-northern-england-torrential-rain

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/jun/10/
wales-floods-campsites-villages-devastated

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37fsSAhTIT8&feature=channel

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/nov/21/cumbria-floods-more-rain-barker

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/nov/20/torrential-rain-river-floods-cockermouth

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/video/2009/nov/20/flooding-keswick-cumbria

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/nov/02/flooding-scotland-wales-weather

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2007/jul/27/weather.flooding 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2007/jul/27/weather.world1 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2007/jul/27/weather.artnews  

http://commentisfree.guardian.co.uk/graham_harvey/2007/07/reaping_what_weve_sown.html

http://image.guardian.co.uk/sys-files/Guardian/documents/2007/07/27/uk_rainfall_july07.pdf 

http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/podcasts/2007/07/newsdesk_notes_for_friday_july_6.html

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2007/jul/26/weather.world1 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2007/jul/26/topstories3.weather 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2007/jul/26/weather.immigrationpolicy 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2007/jul/26/weather.world 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2007/jul/25/weather.world1 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2007/jul/25/weather.topstories3 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2007/jul/25/weather.world  

https://www.theguardian.com/news/gallery/2007/jul/24/flooding?picture=330249291 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2007/jul/24/weather.immigrationpolicy 

https://www.theguardian.com/money/2007/jul/24/business.insurance 

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2007/jul/24/communities.weather 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2007/jul/24/weather.flooding 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2007/jul/24/weather.world5 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2007/jul/24/communities.weather1 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2007/jul/23/weather.world3 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2007/jul/23/weather.immigrationpolicy1  

https://www.theguardian.com/news/gallery/2007/jul/23/flooding?picture=330241388  

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2007/jul/06/water.communities 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2007/jun/26/weather.world1 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2007/jun/26/
flooding?picture=330082575

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

flooded

 

https://www.theguardian.com/news/audio/2020/feb/20/
flooded-britain-a-new-normal-podcast

 

 

 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2014/feb/20/
flooded-landscape-the-somerset-levels-in-pictures

 

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/feb/12/
floods-somerest-levels-came-through-floor-walls

 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2008/jan/17/
flooding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flooded Britain:

archive images from 1953 – in pictures

 

In 1953,

low-lying areas of Britain

were affected

by severe flooding

along the east coast

and Thames estuary.

 

Sea defences

were overwhelmed

by high tides,

wind and storm surges,

which resulted

in the evacuation

of thousands of people

and the deaths

of more than 300.

 

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2014/feb/12/
flooded-britain-archive-images-from-1953-in-pictures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

effects of climate change

on coastal and rural areas > severe floods

 

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/feb/08/
severe-floods-threaten-food-security-climate-change

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

flood-hit

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/nov/21/
cumbria-floods-more-rain-barker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

flood-hit areas

 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/dec/23/
boris-johnson-criticised-not-planning-visit-flood-hit-areas-england-christmas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 2007 > floods > pictures

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/gallery/2007/jul/23/
flooding?picture=330241388

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

flood waters / floodwaters

 

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/mar/16/
somerset-levels-floods-recedes-moorland-fordgate

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/jun/10/
wales-floods-campsites-villages-devastated

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/dec/31/
australian-floodwaters-rise-bushfire-threat

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2007/jul/24/
weather.world 

 

 

 

 

flood levels

 

 

 

 

water levels

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2007/jul/26/
topstories3.weather

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

flooding

 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/flooding

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/feb/27/
prepare-for-10-more-days-of-flooding-people-living-along-severn-told

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/nov/15/
flooding-fishlake-photographer-gideon-mendel-photo-essay

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/gallery/2019/nov/08/
flooding-in-yorkshire-in-pictures

 

 

 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/picture/2015/dec/27/
ben-jennings-on-flooding-in-northern-england-cartoon

 

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/dec/27/
uk-floods-and-extreme-global-weather-linked-to-el-nino-and-climate-change

 

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2015/dec/27/
flooding-northern-england-pictures

 

 

 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/feb/16/
flooding-crisis-worse-david-cameron

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/gallery/2014/feb/05/
uk-storms

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/gallery/2014/jan/07/
uk-storms-flooding-large-waves-your-pictures

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2013/jan/29/
south-west-england-wales-floods

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/jun/11/uk-
weather-forecasters-warn-flooding

 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/video/2009/nov/20/
flooding-keswick-cumbria  

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/gallery/2007/jun/26/
flooding?picture=330082575

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

be hit by flooding

 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/dec/22/
pm-urged-to-overhaul-flood-defence-funding-or-risk-catastrophe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

flooding crisis

 

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/feb/16/
flooding-crisis-worse-david-cameron

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

flash flooding / flash floods

 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/video/2018/may/28/
flash-floods-in-maryland-leaves-main-street-underwater-video

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

flood victims

 

http://www.theguardian.com/money/2007/jun/26/
business.insurance1

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2007/jul/25/
weather.topstories3 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

evacuation

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/jun/10/
wales-floods-campsites-villages-devastated

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

evacuated

 

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2008/jan/21/
weather.uk

 

 

 

 

rescue

 

 

 

 

rescue

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/jun/10/
wales-floods-campsites-villages-devastated

 

 

 

 

rescuer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

flooding rivers

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/nov/20/
torrential-rain-river-floods-cockermouth

 

 

 

 

be in risk of flooding

 

 

 

 

flood alert

http://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=Z65gY9nsZCc&feature=channel - Sky - 24 November 2009

 

 

 

 

on flood alert

 

 

 

 

flood warning

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/jun/23/
floods-northern-england-torrential-rain

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/mar/01/uk-
flood-warnings-rain-weather

 

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2007/jun/25/
weather.uk 

 

 

 

 

amber warnings

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/jan/29/
south-west-england-wales-floods

 

 

 

 

severe flood warning

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/dec/26/
hundreds-flee-their-homes-as-englands-north-is-submerged

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

flood-swollen streets

 

 

 

 

worst affected areas

 

 

 

 

damage

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/dec/27/
calderdale-flood-victims-survey-the-damage-i-cant-go-through-this-again

 

 

 

 

catastrophe

 

 

 

 

disaster

 

 

 

 

devastation

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2014/mar/16/
somerset-flooding-aftermath-its-total-devastation-in-pictures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sea level

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/sea-level 

 

 

 

 

be inundated with flood waters

 

 

 

 

(be) submerged

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/dec/26/
hundreds-flee-their-homes-as-englands-north-is-submerged

 

 

 

 

sodden

http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2007/jul/24/
weather.world5 

 

 

 

 

be swamped

 

 

 

 

wash away

 

 

 

 

overflow

http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSN1819470520080618

 

 

 

 

shore up

 

 

 

 

saturated ground

 

 

 

 

dry ground

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

flood defence

 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/dec/22/
pm-urged-to-overhaul-flood-defence-funding-or-risk-catastrophe

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/dec/22/
flooding-qa-answers-to-questions-raised-after-destructive-rainfall

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2007/jul/24/
weather.immigrationpolicy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

battle against nature

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sand

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sandbag

 

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/feb/14/
no-let-up-severe-weather-storms-flood-uk-forecasters-warn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bolster the defences

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

river

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/jan/17/flooding

 

 

 

 

swollen

 

 

 

 

rise

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2008/jan/17/
flooding

 

 

 

 

inch

 

 

 

 

surge

 

 

 

 

tidal surges

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/jan/03/
latest-uk-storm-rain-tidal-surges-flooding-power-cuts

 

 

 

 

rising waters

 

 

 

 

high

 

 

 

 

gush

 

 

 

 

peak

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

subside

 

 

 

 

recede

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/nov/09/
flood-waters-receding-but-anger-rises-in-weary-doncaster

 

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/mar/16/
somerset-levels-floods-recedes-moorland-fordgate

 

http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2007/jul/24/
weather.world 

 

 

 

 

receding floodwaters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

river

 

 

 

 

bank

 

 

 

 

burst its banks

http://www.theguardian.com/world/picture/2015/dec/26/
eyewitness-mytholmroyd-yorkshire

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/dec/29/
rains-pours-weather

 

 

 

 

on the banks

 

 

 

 

on the Thames

 

 

 

 

the Thames barrier

 

 

 

 

gallon

 

 

 

 

drain

 

 

 

 

drain

 

 

 

 

draining

 

 

 

 

sewer

 

 

 

 

sewage

 

 

 

 

treatment station

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mudslides

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

unsafe

 

 

 

 

safe

 

 

 

 

be stranded

 

 

 

 

stranded

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/dec/26/
flooding-havoc-britain-yorkshire

 

 

 

 

be cut off

 

 

 

 

be airlifted to safety

 

 

 

 

emergency response

 

 

 

 

emergency team

 

 

 

 

emergency accomodation

 

 

 

 

rescue

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/nov/20/
torrential-rain-river-floods-cockermouth

 

 

 

 

emergency rescue workers

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/nov/20/
torrential-rain-river-floods-cockermouth

 

 

 

 

helicopter rescue

 

 

 

 

evacuate

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/dec/26/
flooding-havoc-britain-yorkshire

 

 

 

 

mop up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Environment Agency    EA

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/
environment-agency

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flood-hit Cumbria

braces for more rain

Met Office predicting up to 50mm
and warns of waters rising again
as county reels from evacuations
and policeman's death

 

Saturday 21 November 2009
15.36 GMT
Guardian.co.uk
David Batty and agencies

 

Flood-damaged parts of the UK are bracing themselves for more heavy rain today after two days of downpours that inundated homes, swept away bridges, sparked evacuations and claimed the life of a policeman.

PC Bill Barker. Photograph: Cumbria constabulary/PA
Gordon Brown has pledged an extra £1m to help flood-hit communities in Cumbria, which yesterday suffered the worst downpour in British history, with 314mm – more than a foot of rain – falling in 24 hours.

Brown announced the funding on a visit to the flood-stricken county where PC Bill Barker died after a bridge collapsed.

More than 1,300 households across Cumbria have been affected, with hundreds of people displaced and more than 1,000 homes left without power. About 100 people remain in emergency shelters.

A thorough search of houses affected by the flooding began this morning, as the emergency services advised people not to return to their homes yet and forecasters predicted fresh downpours.

The Met Office has predicted another 15mm (0.5in) to 40mm (1.6in) of rain in Cumbria today. Four bridges collapsed in the county and 11 remain closed due to fast-flowing floodwaters.

There are four severe flood warnings in force in Cumbria and 19 flood warnings across Scotland, northern England, the Midlands and Wales. There are flood watches in another 50 areas.

Both rivers that run through Cockermouth – the town worst affected by the flooding – burst their banks, blocking roads and forcing more than 200 people from their homes.

A police spokesman said: "Nobody has been reported missing in the area at this time and the rescue effort is being scaled down.

"Fewer than 100 people remain in reception centres, with the rest having made alternative arrangements to stay with family and friends."

Ian Rideout, a Red Cross worker, said many of those rescued were suffering from shock. "The centre of Cockermouth looks like it has been completely destroyed. I've never seen anything like it. The water has caused so much damage that many of the homes here are completely ruined.

"We've been working non-stop and between the Red Cross and RNLI we've rescued around 200 people from their homes.

"Last night I went up in one of the helicopters to get an idea of the full scale of the disaster and where we should focus rescue efforts. Almost straight away we found four people on the roof of their home who needed to be winched to safety.

"Most of the people we've rescued have been in shock. One minute it's raining heavily, then the next their home is filling with water and they're being evacuated by the Red Cross."

People in the town said they were worried that rain forecast for the weekend would bring more problems. Alan Smith said: "The thing with the river Cocker is it can fall as quickly as it can rise.

"It's come down four foot from last night but the fells are sodden and if we get any more rain it will just come straight off and into the river and the level will rise again.

"If we have persistent rain like last night and the day before, we will be back to square one."

Julian Mayes, a forecaster with MeteoGroup UK, said: "What happened was at least a one in 500 years event. It was a historic day which broke all records."

Further showers were likely to give river levels a "temporary upward blip" and flood plain areas would remain flooded, he said.

The Workington MP, Tony Cunningham, said the flood was "of biblical proportions" and he was astonished by the destruction of the Northside bridge, which led to PC Barker's death.

Cunningham, whose constituency covers Cockermouth, said: "If the floods in Carlisle are anything to go by then people were out of their homes for 10, 11, even 12 months.

"There are many broken buildings in Cockermouth but the people are not broken."

At a meeting at Penrith police station in Cumbria, Brown said the government would match the £1m in aid already given by the North West Development Agency.

"We will do everything we can to support the local community in its hour of need."

Brown has paid tribute to Barker, calling the policeman "a very brave and heroic man".

Barker, who would have been celebrating his 45th birthday today, was killed as he directed motorists away from the bridge. It collapsed and he was swept away. His body was found on a beach in nearby Allonby.

The officer, from Egremont, served with Cumbria police for 25 years and leaves a wife, Hazel, and four children.

His wife said her husband was her "forever friend" and "an amazing dad", adding: "I have the comfort of knowing that Bill died doing the job he loved, and the fact that he was helping others is just typical Bill."

Cumbria police Chief Constable Craig Mackey said Barker was "a wonderful police officer and a real family man".

"Bill is a hero who died saving the lives of others and our thoughts are with his family at this devastating time. He was a much loved friend, colleague and an inspiration to everyone he knew – he will be sadly missed."

    Flood-hit Cumbria braces for more rain, G, 21.11.2009,
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/nov/21/
    cumbria-floods-more-rain-barker

 

 

 

 

 

Two months of rain in just one day

· Met Office: deluge in south is worst in living memory
· Battered north braced for more as front advances

 

Saturday July 21, 2007

Guardian

Fred Attewill,

Martin Wainwright

and Riazat Butt


Some of the heaviest rainfall in living memory deluged southern Britain yesterday, inundating places with up to one sixth of their entire annual rainfall in less than 24 hours.

Downpours knocked out satellite communications, cut power, forced schools and homes to be evacuated, and badly disrupted roads and railways.

Emergency services were severely stretched, while one wedding party was last night preparing to bed down in a church after they were surrounded by rapidly rising floodwaters.

London saw its luck run out after having avoided the worst of the recent downpours, while north-east England, parts of which are still suffering from June's monsoon conditions, braced itself for more damage as the rain moved north.

The wettest part of the UK was Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, which received 121.2mm of rain from midnight Thursday until 5pm yesterday - three times its average rainfall for July and a sixth of what it would expect for the whole year.

Steve Randall, a forecaster for the Met Office, said: "I've never seen anything like it, and I've been in the Met Office for 34 years. It's an extraordinary amount, more like you would expect in a tropical rainforest."

At Barry in south Wales, residents were trapped in their homes as sewage poured into the street. Firefighters used a boat to rescue three people from knee-high water in one building; a man was briefly trapped in his car in a dip below a road bridge. In Sussex, flooding in the Haywards Heath area led to serious train delays, while in Worthing the hospital was flooded to a depth of 18 inches.

The Thames Valley was also hard hit, with Reading and Maidenhead town centres flooded; there were long delays on the M4 after a landslip caused by heavy rain left just one lane open on the eastbound carriageway.

Parts of south-west London saw floods two-feet-deep, and the Underground was badly disrupted.

At Heathrow, 141 flights were cancelled as air traffic controllers grounded aircraft in the worst of the downpours.

A severe weather warning will remain in force today for north Wales and the west Midlands, but the rain is expected to ease off overnight. Summer has no plans to return, however. Sunday is forecast to be showery and dull in most areas, and heavy rain may return to the south on Monday.

The only bright spot was that the worst of the rain kept away from the battered north, where a huge recovery operation is installing thousands of temporary homes for people whose houses have already been wrecked. Only a short-lived outrider of today's storms reached the devastated areas of Yorkshire and Humberside, penetrating as far as Richmond, North Yorkshire, where the sudden volume of water burst the banks of Skeeby beck, flooding homes in six villages.

In Cheltenham, one couple's plans for the perfect wedding went down the drain as they and 100 guests were marooned in their church by floodwaters 5ft deep.

As Sarah Parfitt, 34, married Andy Holtom, 31, at Holy Trinity, torrential rain caused a stream next to the church to swell and burst its banks, sending filthy brown water churning towards the church building. They were confronted by floodwater on stepping out for photographs, and, after calling the fire service, were told to stay put. The new Mrs Holtom said: "When I imagined my wedding day as a little girl, I always thought it would be sunny and totally perfect - I had no idea it would end up like this."

Two months of rain in just one day,
G,
21.7.2007,
https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2007/jul/21/transport.weather 

 

 

 

 

 

4.15pm update

Rain, rain and yet more rain hits UK

 

Friday July 20, 2007

Guardian Unlimited

Martin Wainwright

and Mark Oliver

 

More heavy rain swept across Britain from the Atlantic today, triggering flash floods to add to more than £1.5bn worth of damage caused by storms in the past three weeks.

A blanket severe weather warning was issued by the Meteorological Office for the whole of Wales, the Midlands and East Anglia and everywhere in southern England except Cornwall.

Forecasters said the downpours could dump up to 10cm (4in) of rain in less than 24 hours in some areas, with central and southern England and Wales the worst affected.

Five people trapped on the first floor of a building in Barry, south Wales, were rescued by firefighters amid a busy day for the emergency services.

Brief heavy showers passed in successive belts as council flood controls and insurance call centres doubled staff for the weekend.

Berkshire was among the worst hit areas. In Hampshire, where scores of roads were closed, the Fire and Rescue Service said it had received more than 200 calls.

There were appeals for the public not to call emergency numbers unless life was in danger or there was a risk of serious damage to property.

Electrical cables were brought down in Basingstoke and a BMW car left stranded in 60cm (2ft) of floodwater that hit large parts of the town.

The only piece of good news was that the worst of the rain kept away from the battered north, where a huge recovery operation is installing thousands of temporary homes for people whose houses have been wrecked.

More than 1,000 caravans have been installed in Hull and a complete new caravan park is being built at Toll Bar, near Doncaster in South Yorkshire, where 80% of properties were badly damaged in June.

Plans to use a cruise ship as a floating shelter have been drawn up in Hull, in case evacuees currently staying with friends and family need a home later in the year. Many damaged houses will take eight months to dry out and redecorate.

Only a short-lived outrider of today's storms reached the devastated area, penetrating as far as Richmond in North Yorkshire, where the sudden volume of water burst the banks of Skeeby beck, flooding homes in six villages.

Phil Rothwell, head of flood risk policy at the Environment Agency, said: "Everyone should stay fully aware of the weather situation over the weekend. Where there is the danger of rivers rising people should check for flood warnings in their area."

The Highways Agency warned drivers to use headlights and double the distance between cars because of the level of rain and spray.

Severe weather warnings will remain in force tomorrow for north Wales and the West Midlands. Sunday is forecast to be showery and dull in most areas, and heavy rain may return to the south on Monday.

The Conservative leader, David Cameron, was visiting Lincoln this afternoon to meet victims and rescue workers, including salvage teams who were shifting mounds of ruined furniture and belongings to landfill sites.

In one of the worst-hit areas, Doncaster, a couple said their flooded home in Adwick le Street had been burgled twice since waist-high water filled it a fortnight ago.

Simon Young, 35, the director of a multimedia firm, said he and his wife, Cheryl, 28, had nothing left. "They've taken the kiddies' money box, Cheryl's grandmother's jewellery, the newborn's clothes, even nappies. I think we need to put a sign up outside - 'burgled twice, please don't bother'."

Rail travel has also been disrupted throughout Wales, south-west England and southern England, and some firms have been forced to provide bus replacement services.

The Virgin Cross Country service had to suspend its services between Birmingham New Street and Gloucester because of the flooding. Other train firms affected were Arriva Trains Wales, Chiltern Railways, First Capital Connect, First Great Western, South West Trains, Southeastern and Southern.

Parts of the London underground system have been also been affected and at one stage 15 stations were closed. Transport for London's website was updating details of which services were disrupted.

Police in London warned motorists to avoid the Wandsworth area, especially where there are roads that pass under bridges.

Rain, rain and yet more rain hits UK,
G,
20.7.2007,
https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2007/jul/20/weather.world

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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