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Even more rain expected to bring misery to flooded Britain as light dusting of snow is seen along with frosty start in parts

January 12, 2014 2:57 PM
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Even more rain expected to bring misery to flooded Britain as light dusting of snow is seen along with frosty start in parts

Further heavy rain today is expected to bring more misery to areas of Britain that have already suffered from widespread flooding.

More than 170 flood warnings or alerts remain in place - with river levels rising steadily in Wiltshire, Hampshire, Dorset, Somerset and the Midlands.

Rivers including the Hampshire Avon, the Stour in Dorset, the Parrett in Somerset and the Severn through the Midlands showed little signs of receding.

Communities along the River Thames throughout Surrey, Berkshire and Oxfordshire have also been warned that they are at risk of flooding.

And photographs taken this morning at Tan Hill in North Yorkshire showed a light dusting of snow covering the ground after temperatures fell overnight.

Forecasters said there will not be any significant downpours until Wednesday, although a band of rain will arrive from the West this afternoon.

Met Office forecaster Helen Roberts: ‘It'll be over south west England from midday and spread slowly eastwards across the rest of the country.

‘Monday night will see scattered showers in the West and into Tuesday morning but it will then be turning wet and windy on Wednesday.

Eight people have died and more than 1,700 homes and businesses have been flooded in England since the beginning of the Christmas period.

Around 550 properties have been flooded in England since the New Year - and some 140 properties in Wales.

It appeared the atrocious weather had claimed another victim yesterday after police hunting for a missing photography student found a body.

Harry Martin, 18, left his home in Newton Ferrers, Devon, at noon on January 2 to take pictures of stormy seas.

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed a body had been found in the sea by coastguards.

Meanwhile, more than 200 people turned out to help clean-up Aberystwyth promenade after it was wrecked in the storms of last week.

The community effort, which took place over three-and-a-half hours yesterday, was to tidy up the landmark a week after it was damaged by storms.

More than 400 tonnes of sand and broken masonry had been ripped up and dumped on the Victorian promenade by the winter waves.

Clean-up organiser and local councillor Alun Willimas said: ‘After the storms the promenade looked like a bomb site.

Work to remove the Grade II-listed shelter was also begun after the 1920s landmark was badly damaged and now must be dismantled for repairs.

The Environment Agency said those living along the lower reaches of the Thames in Surrey should stay prepared for more flooding as water levels rise.

A spokesman added: ‘There is also an ongoing risk of flooding from the Rivers Parret in Somerset and the Severn in the Midlands.

But he said that water levels on the Thames between Lechlade, Gloucestershire, and Reading in Berkshire were beginning to slowly recede.

Between Reading and Maidenhead they were also stabilising - although between Windsor and Chertsey in Surrey levels are still rising, albeit very slowly.

The Thames is expected to stop rising today, but it may be some days before the levels are back to normal, the EA said.

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson chaired another meeting of Cobra - the Government's emergency committee - ahead of the rainfall today.

He said yesterday: ‘River levels continue to rise and remain high in some areas, particularly parts of the Thames.

‘I have chaired another Cobra meeting today to ensure that the Environment Agency, local authorities and emergency services are well prepared to continue supporting those at risk.

Meanwhile, spurred by the mild temperatures, a daffodil has blossomed more than two months early on the seafront in Gosport, Hampshire.

Neil Dunn, 45, was with his wife Rachel, 47, walking their four-year-old cocker spaniel Roxy when they stopped to photograph the springtime flower.


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