Flood risk for parts of UK as heavy rains hit Cumbria and Scotland | UK weather
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Sections of the UK have been urged to prepare for further heavy rains this weekend amid warnings of more flooding.
The Environment Agency on Saturday issued a dozen flood warnings and 39 flood warnings in parts of the north, south-west and south of England.
The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency had 11 flood warnings and four flood warnings in place and Natural Resources Wales had three flood warnings and 25 flood warnings.
Meanwhile, the Met Office had put in place two yellow warnings, which means disruption is possible, in the south and north-west of England, the south and north of Wales and the south of Scotland. They said affected areas could see 20 to 30mm of rain in a short time, localized flooding and high winds from Saturday night to Sunday.
“Travel conditions will be pretty tricky until tomorrow morning and much of Sunday,” Met meteorologist Annie Shuttleworth said.
A clean-up effort is underway in Cumbria and southern Scotland after being affected by localized flooding.
In Cumbria, around 40 houses were flooded following torrential rains and dozens of roads were closed. As of Wednesday, Cumbria has recorded up to 450mm of rain – the average for the entire month of October is around 160mm.
Meanwhile, in Annan in southwest Scotland, two historic footbridges were washed away as river levels peaked in 50 years.
The railway line between Dumfries and Carlisle was closed and four people had to be rescued on the Whitesands in Dumfries.
In southwest England, Devon and Cornwall saw heavy rain on Thursday evening causing flooding and disturbance.
The Environment Agency has advised the public to “stay alert”.
Ben Lukey, the agency’s flood manager, said: “The public must remain alert this weekend and early next week as flooding of surface waters and rivers could further disrupt the southwest and part of northern England.
“Environment Agency teams are on the ground cleaning out gates and screens where flood debris can accumulate and impede river flow, and stand ready to operate flood defenses. if necessary.”
He also urged residents and visitors to the Lake District to check their flood risk by signing up to government warnings.
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