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Country braced for more flooding

Flood alerts are now in place across Oxfordshire and Berkshire. Photo: PA

The UK is braced for another day of deluges and flooding as heavy rain sweeps across the country.

Homes were flooded and roads left underwater yesterday as downpours caused widespread disruption, and forecasters warned more misery is on its way.

Vehicles were abandoned and there were reports of entire villages being cut off as floodwater surged through lanes and streets and into homes.

As with yesterday, the South West and Wales are expected to bear the brunt of the weather yet flood alerts are now in place across Oxfordshire and Berkshire.

Last night a family was rescued after they drove through fast flowing water in the New Forest and become stuck.

Crews arrived to find the car had a water level halfway up the doors.

The Met Office warned that some areas could see up to 60mm (5in) of rain falling on already saturated ground, leading to further risk of rivers flooding.

Strong winds could yet worsen conditions, particularly surface water flooding, as leaves and debris block drains and channels.

Agency teams are on the ground across the country clearing watercourses of debris and monitoring river levels, and will be out in force over the coming days.

Pete Fox, the Environment Agency's head of flood risk strategy, said: "There is already significant travel disruption due to the wet weather and we would urge people to remain vigilant as further flooding is possible across the South West.

"People at flood risk should move their valuable possessions to a safe place before the heavy rain falls.

"We also ask that people stay safe, by staying away from swollen rivers and not attempting to drive through floodwater."

Sally Webb, forecaster with MeteoGroup, the meteorological division of the Press Association, said: "Rain will push east overnight towards East Anglia, London and Kent, leaving it a bit drier and clearer in the west.

"Some of the heaviest rain will be in areas that have already got flooding, such as the Devon and Bristol areas.

"This weather is very common for autumn, it is just unfortunate that it seems to keep coming at the moment."

While today is expected to be a washout, tomorrow should be bright and breezy, with sunny spells and scattered showers in the west.