UK floods: More than 200 flood warnings in place ahead of torrential rain this weekend

Storms Dennis and Ciara brought devastating levels of rainfall to the UK in recent weeks, causing widespread flooding for some communities. Record levels of rainfall have fallen, with more than a months worth of rain drenching some areas.

This week, Capel Curig in Snowdonia, North Wales, recorded 3.38 inches (86mm) of rain in 36 hours after setting Wednesday’s record for rain with 3.14 inches (80mm) in a single day.

Northern parts of England could see winds up to 65mph on Friday, which could cause transport delays and adverse driving conditions.

The Met Office has said Yorkshire is one of the most sensitive areas to rain at the moment, with only small amounts of rain potentially causing further flooding.

Currently, there are 213 flood warnings in place across the country, with two of these being severe flood warnings.

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Severe flood warnings are in place when flooding levels pose a danger to life.

The areas covered by the severe flood warnings are

  • River Lugg at Hampton Bishop
  • River Wye at Hampton Bishop

To see the location of the rest of the weather warnings visit the Government’s website here.

Met Office meteorologist Craig Snell said: “Rainfall amounts tomorrow are not exactly too high but the warning is because the ground is so wet.”

The northern county is expected to see 20 to 30mm of rain falling, which could increase to 60 to 80mm in some areas.

“Given the recent wet conditions, even that amount of rainfall may cause some further flooding to occur.”

The weekend is expected to bring more wet weather, with the possibility of sleet and snow on high ground in Scotland.

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Mr Snell said: “Saturday is going to be a day of sunshine and gusty showers, the showers wintry across the north, chiefly across the high ground and we could see a bit of wintriness at lower levels but nothing amounting to too much at the moment.”

Mr Snell added the Met Office are monitoring an area of low pressure approaching the UK which could bring another spell of strong winds to Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England.

He said: “Combined with the wind we would see the risk of further heavy rainfall and also potentially some snow as well for Scotland.”

There are several Met Office yellow warnings for rain in place, which could soak already saturated ground.

Up to 3.14 inches of rain could fall in some areas this weekend.

The Environment Agency has reported England has already received 141 percent of its average February rainfall so far this month.

Hundreds of people have been evacuated from their homes in the worst-affected areas following days of flooding in the wake of Storm Dennis.

A fundraiser launched by Good Omens actor Michael Sheen on Wednesday evening has since doubled its initial target of collecting £10,000 for Welsh people affected by Storm Dennis.

Duty Tactical Manager for Natural Resources Wales, Scott Squires, said: “As the floodwaters recede and communities start to get back on their feet, we’ll continue to support local authorities and emergency service in these affected areas.

“Over the coming days, our teams will be checking for any signs of damage to our flood defences, and removing blockages and debris which has built up in culverts and drainage grids etc.”

Welsh rock band Manic Street Preachers have donated £3,000 to a local flood-relief fund after parts of the country were hit by flooding.

The Pontypridd flooding relief page was set up by Labour MP Alex Davies-Jones to help those affected by Storm Dennis, which left hundreds of homes in South Wales underwater.

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