A builder boasted about opening a sluice gate with a crowbar allowing water to into already heavily-flooded Somerset Levels, a court heard.Read the full story ›
Environmental organisation Friends of the Earth has said leaked documents from regional flood and coastal committees showed a half a billion pound shortfall in the government's flood budget over the next six years.
Whatever happened to 'money no object'? These flood defence plans simply don't hold water and are wholly inadequate to keep pace with rising flood risk.
Failing to tackle climate change comes with a heavy cost, and it's not right that the Government makes flood-risk households pay the price for its failure to do so.
The group said extra funding for projects needed to be found from other sources, while also pointing to a recent National Audit Office report showing a 6% cut in funds for maintaining existing flood defences during this parliament.
Some flood defences are only run at "minimal level", despite many fearing a repeat of last year's Christmas storms.Read the full story ›
Lightning strikes sparked a fire in the roof of St Michael's Hospital, Rayne Road, Braintree amid storms that swept across the south east, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service said.
Crews were called in after lightning struck the roof of a hospital building this morning. The lightning strike caused a fire in the roof.
On arrival the incident commander reported that there was a fire in the roof and that the entire building - which measures 16 by six metres - was completely smoke logged.
Wearing breathing apparatus and using two hose reel jets firefighters had extinguished the fire by 09:12hrs.
Part of a hotel roof has collapsed after a blocked drain caused water to pool, the Essex County Fire and Rescue Service said.
Crews were called in after the roof of the hotel partly collapsed causing problems with the electrics.
On arrival the incident commander reported that a blocked drain in the roof had caused water to pool and part if the roof had collapsed.
Firefighters isolated the electrics and pumped water from the drain.
An Environment Agency has posted a satellite image showing "big storms" North of London.
1st visible satellite pic of day shows cooler drier weather over Scotland heading SE. Big storms N of London. http://t.co/Y2rk3Ka90P
The Met Office has warned of further heavy showers and thunderstorms through to Saturday evening, with the main risk becoming confined to southern parts from late afternoon.
It also warned of potential for isolated disruption due to surface water flooding and lightning strikes.
Images of flooding on roads through Essex have begun to emerge on Twitter with one driver posting a photograpg of water covering the A12.
Environment Agency officials warn of the dangers of flooding as storms emerge in London and Essex.
Roads, supermarkets and car parks were flooded and train stations were cancelled after torrential downpours.Read the full story ›