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Flood Alerts Remain Amid Further Rain Warning
Parts of Britain are being warned they are still at risk of more flooding as further rain is forecast after homes, roads and rail networks are hit by the most intense September storm for decades.
Clean-up operations are under way and the number of flood warnings issued by the Environment Agency (EA) has been falling - but there are still 54 in place, including 37 in the North East and 12 in the North West.
Around 60 homes have been evacuated in Newburn in Newcastle where there is growing concern about a modern block of flats which is said to be in danger of collapsing after its foundations were washed away.
Speaking from the village high street, Sky's Gerard Tubb said some flat-owners allowed back into their properties have been told by Newcastle City Council in a letter to "pack an emergency bag including any essential equipment" in case they need to get out at any moment.
He added: "There is a lot of devastation... there are going to be a lot of people here who are going to take a long time to get their lives back into order."
Meanwhile, business owners in the flood-hit high street say thieves have broken in and stolen up to £30,000 worth of stock from evacuated shops.
KB Cycles and AJ Bridlewear both say they have been the victims of burglars since the floods struck.
In Yorkshire, residents living close to the River Ouse in the York and Selby areas are bracing themselves for more misery as water levels continue to rise.
The EA said those stretches of river are particularly vulnerable as the huge amount of rain which had fallen over the Yorkshire Dales in the last two days works its way through the system.
A York City Council spokeswoman said the Ouse is 14.4ft (4.4m) above the average summer level. But she said it reached 17.7ft (5.4m) above the average in the floods of 2000.
The river's water level is expected to peak around 8am on Thursday.
Other rivers including the River Severn in the South West, the Dane which flows through Crewe, Nantwich and Northwich, as well as the Weaver, Wharfe, Aire and Ure, are also being closely monitored.
On Tuesday, some areas saw more than a month's rainfall as downpours and strong winds battered north Wales, northern England and Scotland.
However southern England, the Midlands and parts of Wales are set for more heavy downpours and blustery winds, and some further flooding is also possible.
More than 400 homes and businesses across Britain have flooded since Sunday, including in Morpeth, Durham, Chester-le-Street and Stockton on Tees, the EA said.
Hundreds of people were forced to spend the night in temporary accommodation following the most intense September storm since 1981.
The flooding came after low pressure moved north across the country from the Bay of Biscay, north of Spain, to the north east coast of the UK on Sunday.
The slow-moving area of low pressure is drifting southwards today across Wales to southwest England. Some 2cm to 4cm of rain is likely in places.
Sky News weather producer Christopher England said: "Inland parts of Scotland and Ireland will be mainly dry going into the evening, while a scattering of showers will remain over England and Wales.
"Those showers will linger overnight and will become more widespread over coastal counties and other parts of southern Britain."
He added: "Thursday will start fine for most, but showers will develop widely again across England and Wales, but they will be lighter and more scattered, with parts western Scotland and Ireland experiencing more heavier downpours.
"Friday will be another showery day, but Saturday looks like being dry for most."
The weather has also been playing havoc with the road and rail networks, too.
The A1 remains closed northbound near Catterick and the A66 in both directions near Darlington due to flooding, while train services are still subject to severe disruptions and delays throughout northern England and Wales as a result of flooding and landslips.
Flooding minister Richard Benyon has offered his support to local MPs in helping affected areas recover.
Councils have called on the Government to set up an emergency fund to help pay for millions of pounds of repairs.
what do you think?
This country is turning into a 3rd world country with its weather 1 month we are in drought the next we are flooded. Its about time we got our flood defences sorted and diverted extra water into reservoirs built for this purpose.
That costs to much! The governments would rather give their money to illegal Imergrants for housing, free food and tv's and phones... Ect ect ect!!!!
Im afraid Labour spent all the money
I agree Amanda and it is something we can do however as Craig pointed out this goverment looks to have other prioritys other than its own people and they spend billions on aid for other countrys that dont like us and couldent care if we lived or died just aslong as we keep sending them free money when we have people living in poverty right here in our own country strugeling to survive floods / extortionate energy and gas costs / high food prices and so on. As i have said in the past I have nothing against Aid too those that need it and if we as a country we can afford it but fact is we can not and not when we have our own problems at home that badly need fixed. They spend billions on aid they spend 10s of billions on the olympics and yet they say they are broke and cant afford to do things like improve flood defences. Even the Americans have diverted millions to improve flood defences following bad floods they had. Yet still our goverment pleeds poverty while sending billions to others while ignoring there own countys needs like these floods that are totaly proventable with the proper river defences and overflow managment.
Hit the nail on the head, we are told day in day out how our country is skint but we still give out billions overseas
this country has done the same for as long as i can remember.Pleads poverty,then gives loads of money away to third world countries whose menfolk are too idle to help themselves because they are too busy making more kids for us to feed.Send em condoms NOT money.
Oh goody more rain. As if we did not have enough in 'summer'. My roof is leaking,eeeek!
I must have been in a great place then - Kent had a great July, August and Sept until yesterday.... summer was 2 1/2 months long heatwave. People have moaned about summer but it has been a long hot summer in Kent and London
We've missed the worst of it here in Shakespeare country as usual - given the fact that this island of ours is small, our weather can vary from place to place very dramatically
Lionel ritchie cancelled dates
Lot of flooding round here caused by drains being blocked - if water authorities, councils or whoever is responsible cleared them lot of water would flow away - they're full of rubbish leaves and all the grit and salt that's put down every winter and rivers running so high cos they don't clear the silt and everything else that's washed down
your local council's roads department i think are responcable for unblocking the drains but many due to cuts haven't bothered. Bet they're shaking their heads now!
same weather year on year authorities cant afford to attend to drains or defences , allegedly