People were evacuated from their homes in a Cornwall town as rising river levels threatened to flood their properties. Residents were led to safety by police in Helston after the River Cober rose rapidly following heavy rainfall.
Widespread flooding of properties was "imminent" the Environment Agency said. The area has a severe flood warning - its highest level, meaning there is a danger to life - in place for St Johns Road, St Johns Close, Coronation Park and Loe Pool in the town.
Farmers unable to get winter crops in the ground because their land is waterlogged have told shoppers to expect rising food prices in 2013.
Hundreds of flood warnings are in place across England and Wales, with Scotland warned to prepare for heavy rain.
As much of the UK faces flooding and the heavy rain continues, will Christmas be a washout?