United Kingdom plagued by flooding from days of torrential rain

November 26, 2012UNITED KINGDOM - Heavy rain and flooding are disrupting parts of the road and rail network as storms move on to north-east England and north Wales. Closures, delays and safety warnings are affecting dozens of A-roads, while cancellations and delays have also hit some national rail services. About 200 flood warnings and 300 alerts are in force in England and Wales. The environment secretary urged people to keep up to date with flood warnings to avoid “terrible tragedies.” Some 800 homes, mainly in south-west England, were flooded at the weekend, and two people died in the storms. Devon and Cornwall were particularly badly hit, along with Malmesbury in Wiltshire and Kempsey in Worcestershire – where a new £1.5 million flood defense project broke down after an electrical problem. Environment Secretary Owen Paterson, visiting Exeter where the river Exe burst its banks, said: “It’s a bit hard to focus on one failure when we’ve had a very large number of schemes working successfully over the past few days and which will continue to work as this wet weather comes in over the coming few days. “But I think I would ask everyone to work together – work with the Environment Agency, look at the website, so you can get warned, because I am worried some of these terrible tragedies we’ve had could have been avoided if people had kept themselves up to date with the information we’re putting up.” He said: “A weather front will slowly move across north England and north Wales on Monday, and it’s here that we are likely to see some further serious flooding.” South-west England continued to suffer considerable disruption to rail services on Monday, while flooding also caused delays on the following routes: between Durham and York; between Derby and Nottingham/Loughborough; between Shrewsbury and Craven Arms; and between Bangor and Holyhead. A landslip near Dorking, Surrey, has also disrupted services between London and Horsham, West Sussex. –BBC
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2 Responses to United Kingdom plagued by flooding from days of torrential rain

  1. Irene C says:

    Welcome back, Alvin. You and the rest of the TEP family were missed. I figured you were taking a break for the holidays. I pray you had a blessed Thanksgiving.

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