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Flood And Rain Alerts Issued Across Britain
Flood alerts and severe weather warnings remain in place across parts of England and Wales as rescue services struggle with the number of emergency calls.
The fire service in West Sussex said their control room was dealing with "very high levels" of calls.
Roads in many parts of the south-west of the county were closed or impassable due to flooding, and people were being urged to travel only if "absolutely necessary".
Basement flats on Littlehampton seafront in West Sussex were evacuated after some properties were flooded by water up to 4ft (121cm) deep.
Flooding and standing water also led to accidents and severe disruption on the M25 between the A3 and M3 junctions.
The Environment Agency has issued five flood warnings - meaning flooding is expected - for the South East and one in the Anglian region.
It has also issued 43 alerts of potential flooding across the South East, three in the Anglian, two in the Southwest and Midlands and one in the Northeast region.
Sky News weather presenter Isobel Lang said: "The Environment Agency has issued amber warnings, which basically mean people should be prepared for potential flooding.
"Heavy rain and showers will continue in southern and southeastern areas through this evening and overnight, adding to the flood risk there.
In the west, there will be heavy showers for Ireland, Wales and the southwest, but many central and northern parts will be dry overnight, with cloud breaking and allowing temperatures to fall back into single figures."
The Met Office issued a severe weather warning for London and southeast England, and said people should be prepared for surface water flooding, difficult driving conditions and river flooding.
The latest warnings follow a weekend of heavy rain and flooding, mainly focused on Wales.
On Saturday, about 1,000 people were moved to safety from flooding in caravan parks and villages near Aberystwyth, with an estimated 150 rescued.
On Sunday villagers at Pennal, Gwynedd, were evacuated because of the risk of flooding from a reservoir.
They were later allowed to return after a controlled release of water from a disused quarry eased pressure on the reservoir wall.
what do you think?
Fancy, wet weather during June, July & August!! That said, just because the Met Office say something, doesn't mean it will happen. In my locality, we haven't had what you would call a "Summer" since 2006 but whether this is anything new is hard to say (Perhaps 5 years of "November" is a bit out of the ordinary). The history books tell us that in June 1944, the D Day landings were in jeopardy, due to storms in the Channel and that after the landings took place, the foul weather soon returned.
Yes. July and August are officially the wettest months. That's why families with school children have to take their holkidays then.
Can't begin to imagine how much worse this flooding would be if we were all allowed to be out using HOSEPIPES!!!!
I don't think I can cope with much more of these drougfht conditions
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My house is just over 10 years old, and it was built with a Water Butt in the garden, we laughed at it at the time, but it is lovely in the Summer knowing there is 50 ltrs of rainwater sitting there waiting to be used on the gardens when everyone else is under a hosepipe ban! buy one for next Winter, you won't regret it.
Only in England can we go from Severe Drought Warnings and Hosepipe bans to Flood Alerts and severe weather warnings, in the space of 8 weeks, I love our weather as you just never know what will happen next!
Just read the above statement and it said wet weather would push west this afternoon well I live about 15 miles from bristol and its been raining constantly all day so i think it was way ahead of the met office yet again
I think the persistant flooding situation in the British Isles needs addressing because I don't see any reason why people should have caravans in flooded fields virtually every year. It's only a matter of correct planning and drainage systems. If everything was designed properly, nobody would have to experience their house flooding.
GOOD, BRING IT ON! We are still suffering a drought after all and we need all the rain we can get. It's good to see the southeast getting a fair share of the bad weather for a change! England wouldn't be England without the rain and those that don't like it should go and live in the Med.
A riverside town near me had the flood level markers took away by the council at the request of the house builders, they didn't want to put off future buyers of their new "executive" homes if they realised they were purchasing properties on a flood plain, and yes, guess what happened? the flood plain flooded. I remember being taught in school many years ago about the "stone age" people of Borneo who built their homes on stilts, it seems that they were more advanced than our council planners.
can,t wait for all the other nations to send us billions to help in our hour of need,it ain,t gonna happen is it,but i can dream lmao