Flood warnings remain in place with more rain to come

Robert Jenrick

Robert Jenrick

An explosive winter storm that roared across the North Atlantic over the weekend is still having impacts across central England and Wales, as authorities on Tuesday declared severe flood warnings across the region.

The Environment Agency said that as of Tuesday afternoon, almost 600 properties had been flooded across England.

"Support and coordination from all emergency services has been excellent".

'We will always work with taxpayers to find the best possible solution, based on their specific financial circumstances - such as spreading tax payments over time through a time to pay arrangement'.

The Prime Minister resisted calls to chair a meeting of the Government's emergency committee, Cobra, to tackle the flooding crisis, despite criticism from the Labour Party.

NFU Mutual, which insures many homes and businesses in rural areas, has received more than 2,800 claims in the wake of Storm Ciara and a further 1,000 related to Storm Dennis.

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Luke Pollard, shadow environment secretary, said it was a "disgrace" that Boris Johnson had "refused" to visit affected communities.

Emergency evacuations were carried out in Hereford, where the River Wye reached its highest level on record. "In particular, we are anxious about the Rivers Severn, Teme and Wye". In Wales, 2 extreme cautions in position on the River Wye at Monmouth were devalued by Natural Resources Wales, although the Wye bridge in the community continued to be shut.

Met Office meteorologist Marco Petagna said Tuesday will bring a brief respite from the worst of the weather for most of the United Kingdom, with sunny spells and showers, but warned areas of Wales could see downpours. Additional rain is in the forecast for Wednesday and Thursday, possibly extending flooding conditions.

"There will be wet and windy weather across the United Kingdom on Wednesday and Thursday, with the heavy rain coming back", Petagna told Sky News.

"Our absolute priority is keeping people safe and as such we are asking the community in the affected areas to make alternative arrangements to stay with family and friends or to head to the rescue centre, where provisions are in place", said Ch Supt Tom Harding, of West Mercia police. "There will be wet and windy weather across the United Kingdom on Wednesday and Thursday... with the heavy rain coming back".

"With the ground being so saturated it's not going to help the situation", Met Office meteorologist Marco Petagna told Sky News, adding that more "persistent" rain arrives on Wednesday.

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