Households across the UK have been told to ‘act now’ as dozens of urgent flood warnings remained in place following heavy rain, with many more flood alerts issued by the Environment Agency
More than 230 flood alerts have been issued in the UK as the nation prepares for another wave of weather disruption.
River levels remain high across the country following days of unsettled conditions, while several coastal areas have been told to prepare for flooding on tomorrow morning’s high tide after a night of choppy seas.
The Environment Agency has enforced 53 ‘Act Now’ flood warnings in England, meaning flooding is now expected to occur, and 185 less severe flood alerts were additionally in place on Thursday evening. Many areas in the east and north of the country have already been left with a cleanup operation as a result of 48 hours of miserable downpours.
In the village of West Bergholt, Essex on Monday, motorists returned to cars abandoned at the weekend to find them still in several inches of water, while Tewkesbury Borough Council in Gloucestershire warned that some areas had been cut off because of flooding. The River Thames also burst its banks in Marlow, Buckinghamshire.
Further north in East Yorkshire, The Environment Agency has brought in water pumps to protect low-lying properties in the upper River Hull area and tributaries at Frodingham, Hempholme and Burshill. A warning from the agency told residents to “avoid using low-lying footpaths and any bridges near local watercourses”, and reminded them not to attempt to walk or drive through flood water.
Flood alerts and warnings are also in place for parts of Scotland and Wales, where some of the worst weather was experienced on Saturday. Emergency services were called to reports of flooded waterfront properties in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, where police had warned sea conditions posed a “serious risk to life”.
More rain is expected in the UK tomorrow, lasting into Valentine’s Day on Wednesday. In their latest forecast for Tuesday, the Met Office writes: “Blustery showers in the far north with sunshine and isolated showers elsewhere. Cloud thickening from the southwest, with rain reaching much of England, Wales and Northern Ireland by evening.”
In Birmingham, residents fumed again on Monday after the city’s infamous ‘poo park’ was once again flooded with sewage following heavy rain. The downpours left Bournville Park littered with waste and tampons, repeating an unsightly scene last seen in January. Residents expressed their frustration, saying the issue arises every time there is heavy rainfall and the drains overflow.