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Heavy Rain Sparks Flash Flood Warnings
Heavy rain is set to continue across England and Wales for the next week amid warnings of more flooding.
Forecasters say the torrential downpours could contribute to a record for April, with some southern areas seeing up to 50mm (2in) of rain on Wednesday.
A total of five flood warnings remain in place in south-west England with more than 40 flood alerts across the country.
Sky News weather presenter Isobel Lang said: "After yesterday's rain and flooding, low pressure will bring rain and thunderstorms throughout today.
"They will ease down a bit on Friday and there is definitely the prospect of drier conditions in Scotland.
"The problem at the weekend will be a very nasty low which will bring gales and yet more heavy rain. We could see around 50 to 75mm, which is 2 to 3in.
"That, on top of what we've had, is really getting on towards a record for April."
It comes after strong gusts of wind on Wednesday brought down scaffolding and seriously damaged at least four cars on Southsea seafront in Hampshire.
No one was injured when the structure fell at the Royal Beach Hotel.
The Environment Agency has warned that the drought gripping swathes of England could increase the risk of flash flooding as rain is less easily absorbed by dry, compacted soils, instead running off and causing localised floods.
And while the rain may be welcome for gardeners and farmers in drought-affected areas, the downpours are not enough to alleviate the drought that stems from two unusually dry winters in a row.
Isobel added: "It's helping fill up water butts which is quite useful, and it obviously helps with plants' growth at this time of year, but it doesn't get down into the ground.
"We really need sustained rainfall as the warmer temperatures mean a lot more evaporation - which is why winter rain is so important."
what do you think?
Certainly the wettest drought I've ever known this year, huh?
someone must have done a great raindance! or did the government appoint a minister for drought just like they did in 1976 - it rained heavily the next day and for weeks afterwards. only think about this rain i think it is falling in the wrong areas! we have loads of water already here in the north east.
Im seeing a lot of water in our streams and rivers that threaten to flood in Surrey. Goverment and water board Phew saved by the rain ok lets not bother to create more storage or get to the root of the problems of ageging pipework same again next year declare a drought and impose hose pipe ban. With more people in the country all using water we need more collection and storage or how about desalination plants that we know are expensive but with the curent situation of too much water then none no wonder no one cares about poitics its because they just want sound bites and dont get on with the job.
We have said the same about storage for years! I know of 5 reservoirs that are know longer in use and with more people taking 2~3 showers aday and the population growing why aren't we investing in more storage rather than getting rid of them? Its the bean counters and fat cats not wanting to spend and get more bonuses for miss management of a plentiful resource!!
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If there is plenty of rain/water up nurf, they could transport it via trucks to the south! Oh silly me, wouldn't it just run down anyway cos I'd gravity?
Me thinks god is having a laugh
What a uniquely British drought this is.
flood alerts and hosepipe bans ..........you gotta love this country :) Still at least we dont get hurrricanes and earthquakes ..not bad ones anyway