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Floods: UK To Remain On Alert For Another Week
It has been a very soggy Christmas in many parts of the UK, as more rain fell on flood-threatened areas.
Long downpours continued to bring misery after hundreds of houses and businesses had already been swamped with floodwaters and many more faced the risk of rising waters.
Though there appeared to be some sign of respite with the Environment Agency (EA) reducing its number of flood warnings and alerts, the sodden ground and swollen river levels meant people still needed to be prepared.
The EA said another band of rain is expected to swamp the country on Boxing Day.
"While the worse of the weather is behind us, the risk of flooding continues with rain falling on already saturated ground," an EA spokeswoman said.
"As a result, flood warnings and alerts will remain in place for much of the week ahead.
"This is because river levels remain high and sensitive to further rainfall."
Officials said the rivers Severn, Trent, Avon and Thames are at most risk of flooding.
Around 470 properties have flooded since Wednesday, while Floodline revealed it has received 18,000 calls during the recent wet weather.
The worst affected areas have been south-west England and stretches along the south coast from Cornwall to Kent, along with Wales and northern Scotland.
Kempton clerk of the course Barney Clifford said he saw no need to call an inspection and that the William Hill King George VI Chase meeting on Boxing Day should go ahead as planned.
Following a an extremely dry start, Britain is now set for one of its wettest years ever, the Met Office said.
The UK's average rainfall in 2012, excluding December, is 1,202mm - placing it 13th in the list of wettest years since records began in 1910.
Forecasters said December's deluge of rain means this year is now likely to finish among the country's highest rainfall totals on record.
The year 2000 remains the UK's wettest year, with an average rainfall of 1,337.3mm.
what do you think?
The water here is not rising but its not going down neither.its just staying there rather menacenly.
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Im so glad orange has told me peaple have got off to a soggy start, i wouldnt ave known.!!!!
Our local monkey forecast this. Mind you, his brother works onthe council.
Further thoughts appertaining to torrential rain downpours affecting Britain include consideration of higher ground dwelling terrains. Usually, the same volume of rain falls on top of higher ground, so that, if one has a garden on top of a hill, that also tends to get swamped with rain which then turns it into mud. The alternative is to have slabbed gardens sloped at an angle, however, on top of hills the weather is icier with more snow and mist, thus angled slabbed gardens cause slippery dangers. If you concrete the side of a hill, the same applies. How can sheep, cows and goats graze on the side of a concreted hill? The tops of these hills have flat areas of sand and gravel which thus experiences rain-drenched soakage. Imagine all the life forms in the side of a rain-soaked, mud-drenched hill. Worms, insects, butterflies, birds, snails, sheep, plants, flowers. Thus, high ground, middle ground or low ground, the final result is, rain-soaked, muddy fields and swamped gardens for all. If you live on top of hills, there is usually more mist, snow and ice in winter and if you require to travel up or down the hill, this causes great difficulties, is another thought. One wishes all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in actual fact.