Sunday 26 October 2014

UK braced for more flooding as wettest year on record ends

Jennifer Cockerell and Ryan Hooper London

Published 31/12/2012 | 05:00

A house is surrounded by floodwater near Apperley in Gloucestershire, after days of almost relentless downpours

Homeowners in Britain are being warned of the risk of further flooding over the next 48 hours as what is likely to be the wettest year on record comes to a soggy end.

Heavy rain is expected to fall across much of the country tonight and tomorrow, with revellers at outdoor New Year's Eve celebrations tonight advised to take an umbrella.

Forecasters said the New Year should bring some drier weather, with most of the rain expected to have stopped by the early hours of tomorrow.

Although the past couple of weeks of almost relentless downpours look to be coming to an end, the Environment Agency has warned that rain over the next couple of days could lead to more flooding and rivers and groundwater levels are still high.

The agency currently has 191 flood alerts and 79 flood warnings in place.

Irish Independent

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