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There are five severe flood warnings, meaning a danger to life and nearly 150 flood warnings across England and Wales as more rain is expected well in to next week.
The coastal town of Lahinch, Co Clare, in the Republic of Ireland has been battered by giant waves by high winds and tides.
The waves washed over three storey guest houses on the seafront and huge boulders were swept away into a car park
Tests from microbiologists from the University of Reading have found flood waters which contain 60 times the amount of safe bacteria for agricultural water. The water from Moorland in Somerset contained 60,000 to 70,000 bacteria per 100 millilitres.
According to the World Health Organisation agricultural water should have no more than 1,000 bacteria per 100 millilitres. Microbiologist Nathaniel Storey, who carried out the research, said the results were not unexpected given the extent of the flooding.
He said: 'It's perhaps unsurprising considering there's septic tanks in these people's gardens that are overflowing and animals within close proximity. Therefore all this excrement that's in these areas is being dredged up by the floodwater and taken into houses and into gardens.'
The research was commissioned by Sky News.
The emergency committee COBR has met today to discuss the flooding. The committee spoke to representations from several government departments including DEFRA, the MOD and the Department of Health as well as local agencies led by Avon and Somerset Police.
A new picture from the Environment Agency shows just how quickly the water-level on the River Severn is rising.
In just half-an-hour this morning, between 9am and 9:30am, the water rose at an alarming rate.
People in flooded areas have "nothing to panic about" from contaminated water if they keep washing their hands Public Health England (PHE) says.
Debbie Stark, a consultant with Public Health England's Devon, Cornwall and Somerset Centre, said: "Advice has been given regularly to local people about minimising any health risk.
"This includes avoiding contact with flood water, washing hands and food preparation surfaces and not eating food that has touched flood water."
She was responding to claims that flood water in Somerset is contaminated with bacteria.
There were dramatic scenes in the Isle of Man as high tides and strong winds combined to cause flooding.
Several roads were closed and sandbags were in use.
In Ramsey the promenade was closed for a time and emergency services were kept busy preventing serious damage.
Five severe flood warnings and over 160 flood warnings remain in place due to strong winds, high tides and swollen rivers, the Environment Agency has said.
The severe flood warnings are in place for Cornwall, north Devon and the River Severn.
Kate Marks, Environment Agency Flood Risk Manager, said: "A low pressure system combining with high tides brings a risk of coastal flooding to many parts of England.
"The risk is highest for south west England, although many coastal areas will be affected and the public should stay away from coastlines and tidal areas and not drive through flood water".
Families had to be rescued from their homes as parts of the Republic of Ireland were hit with gale force winds, heavy rain and serious flooding.
Limerick was among the worst hit areas, and emergency services used boats to rescue people from the city's Lee housing estate.
Huge waves were breaking over the waterfronts along the coasts of Northern Ireland at high tide today.
A number of flights out of Dublin Airport have been cancelled as Ireland was battered by strong winds with gusts of almost 75mph.
A combination of rain, high tides and strong winds means there is a "strong risk" of flooding in coastal areas across England and Wales.
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