The Heat Is Online

Flash Floods Inundate Northern England

North England hit by flash floods, Sept. 6. 2008


Heavy rain is causing flash floods across much of the Midlands and northern England as storms across swathes of the UK are in a second day.


West Mercia police have reported flooding in Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Shropshire.


The Environment Agency says Morpeth in Northumberland is under water but flood waters are receding in Wales where one person was killed on Friday.


The Agency has issued more than 100 flood warnings in England and Wales.


Five of these are are severe.


The Environment Agency has warned of an increased threat of flooding as rainwater drains into river systems.


A severe flood warning is in place covering parts of south east Manchester.


In the Pickering area of North Yorkshire, several properties and roads have been flooded after the local beck burst its banks.


Fire crews have been on hand to pump out houses and residents have been told to move possessions upstairs.


About 50 properties in the Stanners area of Morpeth have been evacuated as heavy rain continued causing water in the River Wansbeck to rise.


West Mercia Constabulary, meanwhile, has urged motorists to be cautious.


Chief Superintendent Viv Howells of West Mercia Constabulary said: "Some localised flooding is being experienced and there is a large amount of surface water on the roads. However, there is no cause for major concern."


The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) has two flood warnings in place, one for Jed Water and one for Blackadder Water and Langton Burn.


According to the BBC Weather Centre, the rain could exceed 50mm in some places.


On Friday, a 17-year-old girl on holiday in Wales died in Powys when the 4X4 car she was travelling in left a flooded forestry track north of the Llyn Brianne reservoir and overturned into a river.


She was airlifted to Bronglais Hospital, Aberystwyth - along with a male and another female both suffering from hypothermia - but died after arrival.


Police said the three people were tourists from south-east England and that one of the pair suffering from hypothermia had to walk several miles to a farmhouse to get help.


The BBC Wales correspondent Colette Hume says river levels in Wales are going down and that the biggest problem for people now is clearing up after the rain on Friday.


She added that many people in the affected areas have no insurance and they will be keeping their fingers crossed that there is no more rain.


Dee Ann Palmer, whose house in Ynsboeth in mid Glamorgan has been devastated, says she has lost everything and since she has no insurance it will cost her "an arm and a leg" to replace her furniture and kitchen appliances


She told BBC News: "No insurance at all because we've been flooded before and its going to cost an arm and a leg for me to have any insurance.


"The council promised me when I first moved into the property seven and a half years ago that it would never ever happen again, they had solved it.... and they obviously haven't'."


The BBC Weather Centre said some places suffered more than a month's worth of rainfall in 24 hours on Friday. Some 40mm (1.6ins) of rain fell in Caerphilly and on Exmoor.


Phil Rothwell, from the Environment Agency, says the wet summer hasn't helped the situation.


"I think our catchments and the soils are very wet and saturated, and river levels are therefore responding very quickly.


"The soil isn't absorbing the water it might, and so we're seeing these very rapid rises in water that we saw in south Wales and Wales generally, which is causing a lot of problems," he said.