Storm Dennis causes record number of flood warnings as UK rocked by wild weather


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February 17, 2020 14:03:06

Storm Dennis has caused a second day of disruption across the United Kingdom, with residents rescued after rivers burst their banks in Wales, and thousands left without electricity after homes were flooded in northern England.

Key points:

  • Four severe flood warnings are in place for England, and two for Wales
  • 170 flights at British airports were cancelled on Sunday
  • South Wales police have been helping people affected by “multiple” landslides

Major incidents were declared by emergency services in south Wales and parts of England, with the Environment Agency saying it had issued a record number of flood warnings.

As of Sunday evening, there were four severe flood warnings for England, and two in Wales, which meant there was a danger to life, according to local authorities.

Another 600 lesser flood warnings were in place across England, with 70 in Wales and 20 in Scotland.

South Wales police said they had been dealing with “multiple” landslides in addition to the floods, with some residents trapped.

Police in Worcestershire have been searching for a person who is feared to have been swept into the River Teme.

“Agencies are continuing to deal with multiple floods and landslides, and have been required to evacuate residents from houses,” South Wales police said in a statement.

“Some communities have been cut off as a result, but emergency service workers are working tirelessly to put measures in place to ensure the safety of residents.”

Road, rail and air travellers faced disruption over the weekend, with 170 flights cancelled on Sunday morning, affecting more than 25,000 passengers.

Britain’s National Rail said Storm Dennis caused disruption for 19 train companies, with routes suspended across South Wales, England and Scotland.

Flooding closed parts of roads in Lincolnshire, Herefordshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Gloucestershire.

High-wind warnings have been issued for Scotland on Monday, with gusts reaching 148 kilometres per hour over the weekend, according to Britain’s Meteorological Office.

After a winter marked by extreme weather, British Transport Secretary Grant Shapps told Sky News that the UK Government was “stepping up its response”, having put 2.4 billion pounds ($4.66 billion) into defences over a six-year spending period up until 2021.

Storm Dennis hit Britain barely a week after Storm Ciara disrupted transport, flooded homes in northern England and saw electricity supplies cut in thousands of homes.

ABC/Reuters

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