Further flooding as Storm Dennis damage continues

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Image caption People were saved by boat from their flooded houses in Hereford on Monday

More floods have actually struck towns as severe weather condition brought by Storm Dennis continues to trigger extensive damage.

Residents have actually been encouraged to leave their houses in parts of Worcestershire as the River Severn burst its banks.

More than 200 flood cautions remain in location throughout England, Wales and Scotland, consisting of 9 serious – or “risk to life” – cautions for the rivers Lugg, Severn, Wye and Trent.

A body has actually been discovered after a lady was swept away in Worcestershire.

Yvonne Booth, 55, was swept into floodwater after her cars and truck ended up being stuck near Tenbury Wells, West Mercia Police stated.

Her household stated in a declaration: “Yvonne is a quite liked member of our household and we are all ravaged by this news.”

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Image caption Yvonne Booth envisioned with her late spouse and her boy

Emergency service employees in boats needed to save citizens in Hereford as the River Wye increased to its greatest level on record .

People likewise needed to be saved in Shrewsbury after the River Severn burst its banks.

BBC reporter Phil Mackie, who remained in Upton upon Severn, stated it is thought defences constructed after the 2007 floods might be breached over night.

Two of the 7 serious cautions in England on Monday night were for Uckinghall and Upton upon Severn – where homeowners were recommended to leave their houses.

There were 2 serious cautions in Wales for the River Wye at Monmouth – where houses have actually been left – and no extreme cautions in Scotland , since 21:00 GMT.

Environment Secretary George Eustice informed the BBC the federal government “can’t safeguard every house” and safeguarded its action to the storm.

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Image caption Yvonne Booth was swept into floodwater near Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire

Travel continues to be interrupted throughout the UK, with some A-roads closed and railway interrupted.

The Environment Agency stated more than 480 homes had actually been flooded after the storm brought downpour and strong winds.

John Curtin, the Environment Agency’s head of floods and seaside management, stated on Twitter that number was “most likely to increase” – however showed figures were lower than those for Storm Ciara previously this month.

Further heavy rain is anticipated later on in the week.

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Image caption Rachel Cox’s house is among more than 100 flooded houses in Nantgarw, near Cardiff

Several schools have actually been closed and roadways stay obstructed by landslips and floods.

The South Wales valleys saw the greatest water levels for more than 40 years over the weekend – an “extraordinary” scale of flooding, according to Natural Resources Wales.

Jeanette Cox stated the only enduring things on the bottom flooring of her house the town of Nantgarw, near Cardiff, was a wedding event picture of her and her late hubby.

Mrs Cox, 68, stated it was “frightening” to find water at the bottom of the stairs in the early hours of Sunday early morning.

She and her child Rachel were left from their house however returned on Monday to examine the scale of the damage.

“The water has actually moved things I didn’t believe might move. I believe there are simply 2 cabinets standing – the rest is gone,” Mrs Cox stated.

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Media caption The Welsh town of Crickhowell has actually been cut off, after the river Usk burst its banks

A relief centre for displaced homeowners has actually been established at the high school in the town, where around 130 homes were left on Sunday.

Response groups infiltrated the early hours of Monday to save stranded citizens from their houses by boat.

The county council has actually cautioned more evacuations might be essential.

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Image caption A rescue boat takes locals to security in Nantgarw, near Cardiff

In Staffordshire, major flooding trigger a youth environment strike conference to be cancelled.

The very first nationwide conference was because of begin on Sunday afternoon, with delegates taking a trip from throughout the UK.

But cops recommended the occasion needs to be cancelled after heavy rain made roadways around the location blockaded, the UK Student Climate Network stated.

Sophia Coningham, 15, from London, stated there was a “bleak paradox” in their efforts to highlight environment modification being prevented by today’s significant weather condition.

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Image caption A parking lot was flooded in York after the River Ouse burst its banks

In York, the River Ouse reached 4.41 m above its typical level.

Thousands of sandbags have actually been positioned around susceptible residential or commercial properties close by, however the Environment Agency has stated the circumstance in the city is “enhancing”.

Environment Secretary Mr Eustice stated about £ 2.5 bn has actually been invested in dealing with severe weather considering that 2015 and £ 4bn has actually been designated for the next 5 years.

He included that assembling Cobra, the federal government’s emergency situation committee, was not required “at this moment”. A Cobra conference was held when parts of the UK saw flooding in the run-up to the 2019 basic election .

Downing Street stated Prime Minister Boris Johnson will get “routine updates” on the flooding, which it referred to as “dreadful”.

Luke Pollard, shadow environment secretary, stated it was a “disgrace” that Mr Johnson had actually not gone to impacted neighborhoods.

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Media caption Welsh citizens are attempting to tidy up the considerable damage left in the wake of the storm

The federal government has actually triggered an emergency situation financing plan for locations impacted by the flooding, that include parts of Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, Worcestershire and Herefordshire.

Under the Bellwin plan, regional authorities can look for the federal government to repay non-insurable expenses above a specific limit, which has actually not been defined.

Image caption Bedford Road parking area in Guildford, Surrey, was likewise flooded

A record variety of flood cautions and signals were released for England on Sunday , according to the Environment Agency’s Mr Curtin.

He stated “the saturated ground conditions” left by Storm Ciara previously in the month had actually added to the extreme floods triggered by Storm Dennis.

Major occurrences were stated in south Wales and parts of England, as parts of the UK were buffeted by gusts of more than 90mph.

More than a month’s worth of rain fell in 48 hours in locations.

Flights and train services were cancelled and roadways closed, while emergency situation centres were established for those who needed to leave their houses .

For more details, examine the BBC Weather site and your BBC Local Radio station for routine updates.

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