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US News Britain Underwater: The Story Of The Floods In England – As Told In Photos

04:06  18 november  2019
04:06  18 november  2019 Source:   huffingtonpost.co.uk

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Flooding and torrential rain across the north and the Midlands have driven thousands of people out of their homes and businesses in the past week – with 117 warnings still in place.

It’s a disaster that has already claimed one life, sparked meetings of Cobra – the government’s emergency committee – and seen politicians divert from the campaign trail to visit those affected by the floods.

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A woman was killed last Friday after being swept away by floodwater in Derbyshire. The body of Annie Hall – the former High Sheriff of the county – was discovered in the River Derwent a few hours later. 

In South Yorkshire, where the River Don burst its banks, the Army has been called in. Soldiers have been tasked with laying sandbags in front of homes and shoring up bridges as authorities continue to tackle the floodwater. 

But while the clean-up operation is well underway, the emergency is not necessarily over.  

a group of people wearing costumes: A young child is rescued from their home by a crew from South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service after severe flooding on Thursday in Doncaster. © Christopher Furlong via Getty Images A young child is rescued from their home by a crew from South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service after severe flooding on Thursday in Doncaster.

Some 117 flood warnings remain in place across England and Wales. That means flooding is expected in these areas, with the Environment Agency recommending “immediate action”. The Met Office says more rain is on its way but predicted it will not be “as heavy as recent days”. This will be little comfort to those who have already lost everything.

Whether more flooding is seen or not, communities will be feeling the effects of the floods for years to come. 

As people try to recover from the disaster, here is the story of Britain underwater over the past week – as told in photos. 

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