UK to be stuck by a second series of floods

Published on : Friday, January 3, 2014

stormAnother series of devastating storms is about to hit Britain as high tides, heavy rains and strong winds combine to cause yet more severe flooding to parts of the country. UK is already under bad weather but exceptional bad weather is expected in the coming days with high risk of flooding in the coastal areas.





There is a threat to life or property, to areas in the South West, Gloucestershire and Wales. The Environment Agency (EA) has issued 21 of the most serious severe flood warnings and residents are being warned against every adversity related with storms. .





Homes in Newport were evacuated last night ahead of flood risks, as Wales prepared for the highest tides in 17 years.





Coastguards have been put on alert for storms bringing winds of up to 70mph and residents living in the Lighthouse Park Estate were taken to leisure centers nearby for precautionary measures.  The EA has also issued 188 flood warnings across England and Wales and a further 233 flood alerts.





The risk of flooding is expected between two and four hours, bad weather is worsened by high tides this morning,





With 30ft of waves expected to hit Devon and Cornwall, people have been asked to stay away from shorelines, where there are 14 severe flood warnings and 60 flood warnings.





Scotland is stuck by heavy rain with winds moving at 60mph. Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has warned that high tides and a storm surge have increased the risk of flooding in the Firth of Clyde. It has also issued a flood alert for west central Scotland warning the occurrence of exceptionally high waves. It has also issued eight flood alerts and 17 flood warnings for other parts of Scotland.





The energy network companies have been asked to stay prepared to restore electricity to the more than 150,000 homes left without power in the wake of severe weather over Christmas.





Ministers will be working very closely with local councils, power companies, utility and transport companies, making sure that all of those organisations are absolutely prepared for the bad weather that is coming.





Two deaths have been reported in the region, a 27-year-old man from Surrey was swept out to sea off the coast of Cornwall on New Year’s Eve and a woman was drowned at the popular beauty spot Croyde Bay in north Devon.





Elsewhere, in Dorset a search was carried out for a man who is believed to have fallen into the River Stour, near Iford Bridge in Christchurch.





The AA, which has attended 1,500 call-outs from those stranded due to floods since December 23, said some drivers were failing to heed warnings. The flood rescue team said that people are still ignoring flood warnings and road closures signs. The water is too high for the car to hold on and there are eminent chances of accidents in the given situation.





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