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Melting Snow And Downpours Cause Flooding
Heavy rains combined with thawing snow are bringing flooding problems to many parts of Britain.
Almost 100 flood warnings remain in place today, and downpours and strong gusts of wind are expected to continue into the afternoon.
Weather experts have said that the south west and the north of England are most at risk from further flooding.
Large parts of the UK are on flood alert and the Met Office is warning people to be prepared for potential travel disruption.
The Environment Agency has around 87 flood warnings and more than 289 flood alerts in place, with river levels expected to swell further as successive bands of rain sweep the country.
All of England, Wales and Scotland, apart from possibly Kent, is expected to endure wet weather today, with west and north England and north and west Scotland bearing the brunt of the heavy and persistent rain.
Meanwhile, a canoeist died in hospital after he was pulled from the swollen River Swale at Reeth in the Yorkshire Dales by firefighters using boats.
An RAF Sea King was dispatched to the scene and the man was taken to hospital by air ambulance after the fire crew and mountain rescue workers managed to get him out of the water.
The AA said crews had been called to at least 17 motorists stuck in water..
A woman was forced to abandon her car after it became stranded in flood water on the A34 at Meaford in Staffordshire.
In Hawes in the Yorkshire Dales a motorist had to be rescued from floodwater by fire crews who pushed him to safety.
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service pumped water from the road - 4ft deep in some places - into a nearby culvert on the advice of the Environment Agency, and warned motorists from driving through flood water after being called out to rescue several people.
Mountain rescue workers were drafted in to help with rescue operations and check on the condition of drivers stranded by the snow.
A diabetic man was taken to the Royal Blackburn Hospital after falling ill, while an ambulance taking a female patient to the Royal Preston Hospital had to be dug out of the snow by Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team.
There were reports of flooding in south Wales too overnight after downpours replaced almost two weeks of snow.
Norfolk Police also reported flooding caused by melting snow and ice, which has closed a number of roads in the area.
Sky News weather presenter Isobel Lang said: "After very mild, wet and windy weather on Saturday night, snow has melted rapidly. The combination of heavy rain and the thaw has brought flooding in places.
"Flooding will continue to be a concern during Monday and Tuesday as further active frontal systems are set to sweep east bringing gales and heavy rain.
"Western and southwestern parts are most at risk with around one to two inches of rainfall, perhaps more on higher ground.
"The outlook is for it to remain generally mild, windy and unsettled."
Rising temperatures of up to 12C (53F) have sparked a rapid thaw of the snow and ice, after heavy snow storms on Friday night left hundreds of people stranded on motorways in the north of England.
The M6 was blocked in both directions between junctions 25 and 27 in Lancashire when a sudden burst of more than a foot of snow brought drivers to a standstill from around 8.30pm.
Trains running between Chester and Crewe were temporarily suspended because of flooding, with Virgin and Arriva services affected.
An EA spokesman said: "Emergency teams from the Environment Agency will be out in force, shoring up defences, monitoring river levels and clearing blockages from watercourses."
Around 18 buildings were flooded in various locations across Wales on Friday night, including two houses in Solva, Pembrokeshire, and two in Dolgellau, North Wales.
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what do you think?
Excellent, it's warming up , at last.
Lol will take a while to dry out too. I think we deserve a decent summer eh? :)
I prefer cold to the rain any day.
Jasmin. Decent summer? How long have you been having these fantasies darlin.
Just what is wrong with this country - we can't cope with snow, snow thawing, rain, hot weather, windy weather, autumn leaves ........................ Third World or what!!
Who can't cope.Everyone i know, even the old dodgers are coping fine. Stop jumping on the imaginary bandwagon. No one is complaining, and you are just reacting to media hype and your own thoughts.
Sunshine Very simple we do cope - however people coping does not make news- so better to print doom and gloom to sell a few papers Environment agency will prepare us for the worse to save face if they get it wrong. Better to over egg it than get the press on your back
We do cope, but the fact is there are floods. I suppose some of us would sympathise with those flooded again. I certainly wouldn't think there is something "wrong" with people just because their flood story makes the news. Poor sods!
We have a 'Maritime Climate' as opposed to a 'Continental' one. In say Moscow or Toronto they know almost exactly when their freeze (and snow) will arrive and then depart 2 to 3 months later. So they get nice and seyyled one the initial snow is cleared and compacted. We get successive atlantic storm fronts fighting with Icelandic lows hence muultiple freeze/thaws.
movvi If you live in a mining area expect subsidence if you live in an area of clay expect damage due to heave if you live on a flood plane expect 365 days of sunshine ?
Hi Chris, I made the same point last week, and I got a boatload of minuses. Strange people.
Mmmmmm Shirt sleeve order by wednesday me thinks?
I suppose some on here will now start to comparing britain to venice or the amazon delta where they cope with flooding all the time.lol
I made this comment a bit early, as ive just seen we've been compared to a third world country.
Ok, this isn't a joke, just a bit of lateral thinking..... If you live in a house that's prone to flooding, and you worried about what will happen when the snow melts, the best thing you can do is go and build lots of snowmen! Actually, just giant snowballs would do - snow that's been compacted like that takes ages to melt, and will spread the thaw water you get over several days, rather than one deluge. And it's more fun than worrying........ :)x
I heard this idea on the news the other day and thought" thats a hell of a lot of snowmen to build."
It'll keep the neighbourhood kids out of mischief for a few hours, Shaun! :)
This was in the papers yesterday. It does sound like fun, too!
Not April 1 yet
Got up this morning (sunday), not a bit of snow, loads of sun, and the night before it was 4 inches deep with white stuff.
thats a bad habit you have
Someone somewhere will get flooded-me I'm in London-yippee kiyay MF.
Global warming, rising sea levels, London in a flood plane Do not be too smug
I left London 30 years ago Bet thing I ever did
Global warming? No warming in the last 10 years.. Which is why they've all gone quiet on the subject.