Monday, 28 January 2013

Weather: Flood Warnings As More Rain Forecast - Sky News

Almost 100 flood warnings remain in place across Britain, as heavy rains and thawing snow bring flood problems to many parts of the country.

Weather experts have said that the South West and the north of England are most at risk from further flooding today.

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.

Most parts of England, Wales and Scotland are expected to endure wet weather today.

The warnings come following the death of a canoeist, who died after being pulled from a fast-flowing swollen river by firefighters and mountain rescue volunteers on Sunday afternoon.

The canoeist got into difficulties in the River Arkle, near Reeth in the Yorkshire Dales, prompting a major rescue operation.

Firefighters pulled him out of the water but the Great North Air Ambulance Service confirmed last night that the man, who was in his 30s, has died.

Flooding Lincolnshire.
Flooded roads in Lincolnshire (Pic: Kevin Leach)

North Yorkshire Fire Service was called to the scene on Arkengarthdale Road, Reeth, by paramedics just before 1pm on Sunday.

A woman was also 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.

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."

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