Risk of floods as rivers swell

Swollen rivers are still at risk of flooding over the next few days, the Environment Agency has said, as icy temperatures take hold of the UK. The rivers Thames, Trent and Severn remain at very high levels despite the improving weather.

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Prince Charles visits Wales after flooding

The Prince of Wales was praised today for his "morale boosting" visit to victims of last month's devastating floods in St Asaph.

The Prince of Wales talks with flood victim Jenny Jones
The Prince of Wales talks with flood victim Jenny Jones Credit: Ian Vogler/Daily Mirror/PA Wire

The tiny city, in Denbighshire, North Wales, was inundated last Tuesday when the River Elwy burst over flood defences following days of persistent rain which brought pockets of the country, south west England and the Midlands to its knees.

The Prince of Wales walks with flooded home owner Martin Jones
The Prince of Wales walks with flooded home owner Martin Jones Credit: Ian Vogler/Daily Mirror/PA Wire

Hundreds of properties were affected and many families have been forced out of their homes with little over three weeks until Christmas Day.Charles offered his support to victims and thanked members of the emergency services for their help and hard work.

Labour: Government 'delaying' flood schemes

Labour has accused the Government of cutting spending on flood defences "delaying much needed schemes", following the "widespread chaos" caused by heavy rain.

Shadow Leader of the House of Commons Angela Eagle claimed those affected risked being unable to obtain insurance as the Government had yet to reach an agreement with the industry, warning "ministers aren't doing enough".

Floodwater in Somerset yesterday.
Floodwater in Somerset yesterday. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire/Press Association Images

But Commons Leader Andrew Lansley hit back saying the Government hoped to leverage additional support for flood defences, adding: "These are dreadful events for people to have to live through and it is terrifically important that we protect them wherever we can."

The Government, he stressed, "continue to be in discussion with the Association of British Insurers about securing the protection for householders through insurance".

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Work begins to demolish landslide properties

Work has begun to demolish five North Yorkshire cottages which have been gradually sliding down a cliff edge in Whitby.

Heavy rain caused the properties to landslide and contractors today began to build a road at the back of Aelfleda Terrace so heavy equipment can be brought onto the site.

The cottages are likely to be dismantled tile by tile and brick by brick to ensure that other properties nearby are not affected.

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Yorkshire cottages set for demolition after landslide

A row of seven cottages high above Whitby harbour are collapsing down the cliff following torrential rainfalls in the region.
A row of seven cottages high above Whitby harbour are collapsing down the cliff following torrential rainfalls in the region. Credit: John Giles/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Preparations were being made today to demolish a row of terrace properties in Whitby, North Yorkshire after torrential rain caused the cottages to slide 30ft down the cliff edge.

Engineers are worried five homes on Aelfleda Terrace will collapse and plans are being drawn up to demolish the houses.

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Environment Agency: Three day flood forecast

The Environment Agency's three day flood risk forecast shows no new flooding should occur in North Wales, Cornwall, Bath and Bristol later today.

The areas shaded yellow are at low risk of flooding, the green are at very low risk
The areas shaded yellow are at low risk of flooding, the green are at very low risk Credit: Environment Agency

By Friday only Northamptonshire, Peterborough and Dorset should still have a low risk of new flooding.

For more information on flooding in your area visit the Environment Agency's website.

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Flood warnings reduced to 127 in England and Wales

The Environment Agency has reduced the number flood warnings and alerts in England and Wales.

There are a total of 127 warnings and 138 alerts in the following areas:

  • Anglia - 20 warnings; 31 alerts
  • Midlands - 49 warnings; 26 alerts
  • Northeast - 22 warnings; 21 alerts
  • Northwest - 2 alerts
  • Southeast - 19 warnings; 34 alerts
  • Southwest - 15 warnings; 16 alerts
  • Wales - 2 warnings; 8 alerts

There are currently no severe flood warnings issued.

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