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Flood Scenes 'Shocking' Says David Cameron
David Cameron has said the scenes of flooding around the country are "shocking" and pledged help for all those affected.
The Prime Minister took to Twitter to voice his concern about the pictures of devastation coming from the South West as Britain braces for more bad weather to come.
He tweeted: "Shocking scenes of flooding in Cornwall and around the country. Govt will help ensure everything is being done to help."
It comes after a 21-year-old was killed when she became trapped under a fallen tree in Exeter on Saturday night. Two men were also injured.
Inspector Andrew Webber of Devon and Cornwall Police told Sky News that the dead woman had been living in a small tent sheltered against a wall at the roadside.
"It was a very large oak tree that had been there for ... many years. Obviously we've had lots of heavy weather, it's been raining an awful lot, and the tree for whatever reason came down," he said.
Rescue services in the West Midlands have appealed for drivers of 4x4s to stop taking unnecessary risks. They say a remarkable number of their call-outs have been to people in four-wheel drive vehicles.
Nathan Hudson, of West Midland Ambulance Service, said: "Perhaps surprisingly, we have had to deal with a remarkable number of stuck 4x4s. Just because your vehicle has four wheel drive, does not make it amphibious. They too can become stuck in deep floodwater.
"We would urge people to not try and get across flood water and instead take a short detour, rather than become trapped in their cars and have to be rescued."
The warning follows a report from Warwickshire Police that three people who had decided to go off-road driving in the bad weather had become stranded and were stuck on the roof of their vehicle shouting abuse at rescue teams.
The Environment Agency has currently got one severe flood warnings, which means serious threats to life and property, in the South West in place.
There are 223 flood warnings in place across the country, mainly in the South West and the Midlands, and 273 less serious flood alerts.
Emergency services were called to rescue people from their homes in the historic town of Malmesbury, in Wiltshire, where waters were 3ft deep in places due to flooding from the River Avon.
A spokeswoman for Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service said: "It's been building up there for a few days and has flooded now in the area down by the river.
"Streets and houses have been flooded and we've rescued four people from two properties, three people from one house and a chap with asthma from another."
In Cambridgeshire, a 70-year-old man died after his car plunged into a river near Earith on Saturday night, however, the police said it was not a weather-related accident.
A spokesman for Cambridgeshire Police said: "This particular accident could have happened at any time of year."
In Devon 60 people were evacuated from 12 locations because of safety concerns, while in Cornwall 80 properties had been hit by flooding.
Emergency teams have been working to shore up defences, deploy temporary barriers, monitor river levels, clear blockages from watercourses and pump-out flood water from towns.
Richard Benyon, the Environment Minister, said: "We recognise that while somewhere over 400 homes have been flooded, we have actually managed to protect over 24,000 homes by recently constructed flood defences, and so that is, if you like, the silver lining to this cloud."
In Exeter a member of the British kayaking team, Sam Anderson, took advantage of the white waters generated by the floods and took to the River Exe in his kayak.
He told Sky News that he would not encourage others to do the same thing but that he had been kayaking for 10 years and was wearing safety equipment, including a helmet.
He said: "It's really powerful the current. You just cannot go against it you have to go with it because it is really strong and it's really deep as well."
The rest of Britain is also bracing itself for more flooding and travel disruption, with forecasters predicting further heavy downpours.
Jo Wheeler, Sky News Weather Presenter, said: "The low pressure system that brought flooding rain across the country last night, will slowly clear north-eastwards through the day.
"The heaviest hit areas of Devon and Cornwall received over two inches of rain in some places. But the heaviest rain has now moved north, and there'll be a period of some hours before further wet weather is likely.
"Meanwhile, the storm system has taken the wettest weather into central , eastern and northern parts of England.
"And the strongest winds are to the south and east of the system, with gale force gusts for eastern England, East Anglia and the south-east. These blustery conditions will also abate as the low pressure system clears away into the North Sea."
Network Rail said trains were likely to be suspended between Exeter and Bristol until Monday. Landslips at Honiton and Dawlish have led to the cancellation of a number of train services.
In North Yorkshire flooding has caused the closure of major roads including the A66, between the A1 and A67.
North Yorkshire Police tweeted: "Please take care when travelling in North Yorkshire. There is lots of standing water on many roads. Reduce your speed."
what do you think?
Well the river came right up to our door but not but not indoors.been dreadful here in devon.the only thing, it leaves a a load of sewage from the drains on our pavements where we live.
Glad it stayed out of your property.hope it does not get any worse for you.All that muck to clean up awful. R.I.P the lady that died
So disheartening, Shaun, glad you and yours ok!
Our next door neighbour knocked this morning, whos 81 and he has had his toilet overflow with sewage and made a horrible mess of his bathroom and hallway.hes having to use our toilet.we were lucky we didnt get the same as we did earlier this winter.anyway were get flooded once ever so often so we sort extect it sometimes but we havent had sewage before.this is because they built about fifteen new houses at the top of the but they never put in larger sewage pipes to take extra water and sewage down the hill so the pipe gets blocked and so the sewage comes out of our toilets.weve phoned wessex water now about three times about this but all they do is unblock the pipe only for it to happen again.hill
Yes Shaun, some of these new developments have a lot to answer for.
R.i.p to the woman thats lost her life in exeter.
very, very tragic
When people get flooded in this country were is OXFAM just want to take your money i rest my case your honour.
Steven James Farmer
Are you serious?, oxfam are probably to busy fighting world poverty to worry about saving someones dvd player from ther floods.
Gerry, well said! Ok, Steven, a woman lost her life, not a DVD player! As for fighting world poverty, seems as if its been going on forever! Although this may seem trivial to you, would be nice if others would make a gesture towards the uk now and then!
Oxfam are just there to take your money and unwanted belongings to give to other countries that are nowt to do with this country. This country is on its a*se what with the imbecile government we are run by and them sticking their noses into wars etc that are nowt to do with us. They give millions away to other countries but WE need it here, what happened to charity begins at home?
Windows Live User
100% Julie. I recall my father saying something like, "we will be feeding Africa and others forever". That would have been around the end of the war. He said it with no malice, just a pure comment. So no way they can help us is there?
No, wlu, I'm not heartless, like most people, no one wants to see people die for want of food, I'm no expert someone out there maybe? Why isn't this money curing wants wrong? I'm betting the leaders of these countries are not living in poverty? Again, if I'm wrong I will expect to be corrected, religion! Catholic? Birth control would help these people, how often do we see women with sad eyes trying to feed a newborn when she has no milk, and several more children beside? Can't tell me that these women wouldn't mind a say in their own lives!
Windows Live User
Surprised they have heard of the A66
Cameroon should be firing the jerks at the environment office and hiring some real men to dig the rivers deeper. Even a nerd could work that one out. Ditherer.
I agrre.parts of our town have flood defenses (the council offices were first) but not where I have to walk past the river environment agency say not needed
He pledged help to the North East after recent floods caused millions of pounds worth of damage, but in reality that pledge amounted to thirty five thousand pounds split between many council areas, thanks for nothing Dave.
Lets see if he does better than Gordon Brown.We only get our drains cleaned when there is elections,and there is part of the problem.Cornwall county council you are USELESS and also the enviroment agency sack the lot.
the oh so clever folk who like to go and play in flooded rivers in cars or kayaks or surfboard should be left to rescue themselves
Maybe they'll pay to clear the drains and drege the rivers to prevent flooding rather then keep sending millions in aid to foreign countries which are richer than is
Well said, Shirley, it's a bottomless pit, whilst the leaders of these countries, probably live in luxury!
We've been battered! More on way. Been a busy early day for me too. Aw a 90 year old woman was rescued from the floods too. She'd been stranded in her house for days. Thank goodness she was found X
We have all been told about the risks re flooding and the danger to life. What about the risks to the emergency services particularly when idiots decide to go off road driving in bad weather and are stranded. The emergency services have enough to do without trying to rescue such idiots and end up being abused by them. The idiots should be named and shamed!
I hope the Rescue Services in Warwick treat those in the 4x4 with the same scorn !
as my work is a window cleaner i know this weather has bean bad the last 3 years with floods ,,yet the gov do nothing till its to late.invest more looking after people with flood prevention. than giving out money to people who are a waste of space