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  • 6 October 2012, 13:12

Flooding Fear As More Heavy Rain Forecast

Heavy rain has fallen in parts of Britain for the second night, bringing with it the risk of flooding to some areas.

By Friday afternoon, a band of rain that hit the South West had swept across Wales, the Midlands, East Anglia and southern England.

Up to 35mm of rain fell in some areas of the South, leading the Environment Agency to issue more than 30 flood alerts for the South West.

Sky News weather forecaster Isobel Lang said: "Last night's (Friday) heavy rain has cleared the South now with the cloud breaking to bring a fine day for most places.

"Flooding concerns are likely to increase again late on Sunday and into Monday as a frontal system sweeps in across southwest Britain, bringing heavy rain.

"As a result, the Environment Agency has now issued seven flood warnings across the southwest region.

"Fortunately, the weather forecast is a positive one for most of this weekend with sunny spells for many, but expect cold mornings with some patchy frost and fog".

The Environment Agency has said Sunday's expected deluges could result in significant disruption.

In a statement, the agency said: "We're warning communities across South West England and southern Wales to be vigilant and alert for flooding as heavy rain is set to return on Sunday afternoon and into Monday."

A man was also killed when a falling tree hit his car near Ascot Racecourse in Berkshire, hitting two cars, a Ford Mondeo and a Mini, at about 2.45pm on Friday.

The driver of the Mondeo, a 64-year-old man from Sheffield, was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

A front seat passenger in the car, a woman, was also taken to hospital for treatment. Her injuries are not believed to be serious. A woman from the mini has been taken to Frimley Park Hospital for treatment after being freed from the vehicle by the fire service.

Her condition is not believed to be life threatening. In total, more than 500 homes and businesses were flooded across England and Wales.

Parts of the UK were left devastated by heavy floods last week. Yorkshire was the area worst hit as more than the average rainfall for September fell in just a few days in many areas.

A couple drowned in a swollen river in Wales and a block of townhouses in Newburn, Newcastle, were condemned to be knocked down after floodwater gouged out the earth under their foundations.