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UK News Storm Dennis: Britain left reeling from weekend of flooding as a month of rain falls in 48 hours

22:05  16 february  2020
22:05  16 february  2020 Source:   inews.co.uk

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A swathe of Britain was reeling on Sunday night from the effects of the second storm-hit weekend in succession as a month of rain in 48 hours brought extensive flooding and destruction.

Hundreds of people were rescued from their homes and escorted to temporary shelters as three major incidents were declared across South Wales and parts of England in the aftermath of Storm Dennis. A record-breaking 594 flood alerts were issued on Sunday by the Environment Agency, the highest total ever for England in a single day.

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The appalling conditions saw two people drowned in the sea off southern England on Saturday. A man in his 60s died on Sunday after falling into a river in South Wales, though police said later the death was not linked to the bad weather.

Wales set to get the wettest weather as Storm Dennis warning upgraded to amber

  Wales set to get the wettest weather as Storm Dennis warning upgraded to amber Alerts have been issued across the UKThe Met Office warns that the storm will bring major bouts of bad weather, with gusts of hurricane-force winds, flooding and travel disruption from Saturday to Monday.

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A week after Storm Ciara brought 97mph winds and inundated homes from Cumbria to Yorkshire, the sustained downpours brought by Dennis caused particular chaos in the Welsh valleys and across Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire.

'Like a tornado'

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One homeowner likened the storm to being “like a tornado” as the authorities warned fresh flooding was likely over the coming days as rainwater flows off saturated ground and makes its way through the river system.

A view of Dartford Bridge in Kent which was closed temporarily due to Storm Dennis. (Photo:Gareth Fuller/PA Wire)

The bad weather also brought warnings of a knock-on effect for commuters on Monday with disruption expected to roads and rail services. Some 170 flights were cancelled from airports on Sunday, affecting 25,000 passengers.

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  Storm Dennis to be an 'explosive' record breaker as North Wales put on Amber alert Storm Dennis could become one of the deepest Atlantic low pressure systems in modern records . It is now developing in the north Atlantic and is about to undergo a period of explosive cyclogenesis - the central pressure forecast to drop 50-60mb in 24 hours to around 917mb with the current record standing at 914mb. These weather warnings come just one week after the country was battered by Storm Ciara with severe floods affecting large parts of North Wales.

The Met Office last night confirmed that the equivalent of at least a month of rain had fallen in 48 hours in many places. Prewley Moor in Devon saw 104mm of rain compared to a monthly average for February of 100mm while Crai Reservoir in Powys saw 158mm - some 61 per cent above the average for an entire month.

5am evacuation

In Scotland, there were more than 20 flood warnings in place. Two people had to be rescued after being trapped by rapidly-rising waters in their car near Newcastleton in the Borders.

One of the worst-hit areas was the village of Nantgarw, north west of Cardiff, where emergency teams of firefighters and volunteers began evacuating residents by boat from around 5am in an operation that continued until at least lunchtime as the River Taff burst its banks.

Paul Mason, who was co-ordinating the operation for the South Wales Fire Service, said: “This weather is unprecedented. We haven’t seen this, it’s incredible, and it’s right throughout the South Wales Valleys. In my 31 years in the service, this is the worst I’ve ever seen.”

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'Devastating'

Further upstream in Pontypridd, the town’s Labour MP said some 600 people had been evacuated and placed in emergency accommodation while more than 1,000 homes had been damaged by the flooding. Alex Davies-Jones said the damage in her constituency was “devastating”.

Several men work on a broken down car which was affected by floodwater in Pontypridd after Storm Dennis hits the UK. (Photo: Ben Birchall/PA Wire)

Major incidents involving evacuations were declared in South Wales, Herefordshire and Shropshire while the effects of Storm Dennis were felt with flooding and the erection of temporary flood defences in an area from Derbyshire to Godalming in Surrey.

The Environment Agency warned that the River Ouse in York could come close to the record level of 5.4m seen in 2000, adding that there would be a threat of “significant” further river and surface water flooding in the coming days.

Caroline Douglass, flood duty manager, said: “Storm Dennis will continue to bring disruptive weather into early next week. We urge people to check the flood risk in their area and remain vigilant.”

Flights cancelled amid flood alerts as second storm in week hits Britain

  Flights cancelled amid flood alerts as second storm in week hits Britain Flights cancelled amid flood alerts as second storm in week hits BritainThe heavy rain and strong winds from Storm Dennis hit barely a week after Storm Ciara caused disruption to transport, flooded homes and left thousands without electricity.

'One per cent on infrastructure spending allocated to flooding'

The damage inflicted by Storm Dennis came as it was revealed that just one per cent of total infrastructure spending in England is targeted on flood defences. Figures produced by BBC News showed that nearly £5bn is scheduled to be spent on flood protection up until 2026, with a third of that total allocated to London and the South East.

A tree in south London uprooted by Storm Dennis as it hits the UK. (Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire)

The Government defended its record, saying more was being spent per home in the North and another £4bn of flood defence spending had been pledged in the Conservative manifesto.

Environment Secretary George Eustice said some 600 flood defence schemes had been put in place since 2015 and denied that the authorities had been wrongfooted by this weekend’s problems. He told Sky News: “We have been working on plans for this all week.”

Storm Dennis: Wales braced for a month's rain in 24 hours as flood warnings remain in force .
Met Office issues more severe weather warnings and more than 100 flood warnings remain in forceThe Environment Agency said there were 101 flood warnings in place for England on Thursday morning - where flooding is expected - plus six severe warnings indicating lives were in danger in communities near the Welsh border.

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