Saturday 24 February 2018

UK braces for more heavy flooding

People watch and photograph enormous waves as they break on Porthcawl harbour, South Wales
People watch and photograph enormous waves as they break on Porthcawl harbour, South Wales

Press Association

The British government has insisted tackling flooding is a "real priority" as communities around the country struggled with yet more bad weather.

Seven people have died and more than 1,700 homes and businesses have been flooded in England since the beginning of the Christmas period, with 300 properties flooded since the New Year. Some 140 properties have been flooded in Wales.

Roads were closed and train services cancelled or delayed in some areas in the face of the latest storms, causing disruption for many people returning to work after the Christmas holidays. Forecasters warned that coastal areas could see more flooding as the heavy rain and gusts of wind continue to batter Britain.

More than 100 flood warnings are in place across the country.

Irish Independent

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