Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Flood Alerts across Country as Heavy Rain Returns

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Flood Alerts across Country as Heavy Rain Returns

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PEOPLE across the country are being warned to prepare for flooding over the weekend as further downpours are set to drench many areas that are already under water.

Although yesterday was drier, more rain arrived last night, leading to concern for hundreds of thousands of people who will be travelling ahead of the Christmas break.

The Environment Agency is warning people to be braced for more threats of flooding and to use the respite in the weather today to prepare. The North East, South and South West of England, Midlands and South Wales are most at risk. There are currently 239 flood alerts in place along with 67 more serious flood warnings where flooding is expected. But a severe flood threat that warned of danger to life in the Hampshire village of Wallington has now been lifted.

The Environment Agency said many rivers, including the Severn, Trent, Yorkshire Ouse and Derwent, are continuing to rise following yesterday's rainfall.

Motorists are being warned not to use flooded roads, with an AA spokesman saying the service attended more than 320 breakdowns yesterday due to vehicles getting stuck in floodwater along with a further 108 today. …

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