Rain & strong winds batter the region

Homes without power, roads flooded, trains cancelled and flights grounded. How the south and south east is coping in the severe weather.

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Animals rescued from flooded RSPCA centre

Wet paws as the cattery at Leybourne Animal Centre flooded Credit: Mike Dooley

A number of cats, guinea pigs, rabbits and chickens had to be moved to safety today when the RSPCA centre at Leybourne flooded.

The cattery became surrounded by water Credit: Mike Dooley

Staff were alerted in the early hours and began evacuating the centre. Many of the animals were moved to the education room when much of the centre became surrounded by flood water. The worst affected part of the centre is the cattery.

The clean up is now underway by staff Credit: Mike Dooley

Boat rescue: Elderly residents at caravan park are moved to safety

Caravan park rescue by Dorset Fire Credit: Simon Rowley

Elderly residents of a caravan park in Dorset have been rescued by the fire service. Gladelands Park in Ferndown had to be evacuated due to flooding.

Residents and families moved to safety Credit: Simon Rowley
Ponies at Gladelands were also rescued by fire officers Credit: Simon Rowley
Residents will be away from their homes for Christmas Credit: Simon Rowley


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