100 flood alerts as UK braces for a month's rain in 24 hours
Three days of storms anticipated across parts of England and Wales as heavy rain breaks out
ONE MONTH'S rain was forecast to fall within 24 hours across parts of England and Wales today, with heavy storms predicted for the next three days. By 1 pm today, the Environment Agency (EA) had issued a total of 100 flood alerts and eight flood warnings.
The EA says the areas of England most at risk from severe flooding are Derbyshire, Lancashire, South and West Yorkshire, Staffordshire, Greater Manchester, Blackburn, Blackpool, Warrington, Cheshire and Halton.
Communities in Wales and the north of England are still recovering from flooding after rainfall last month, but this weekend poses the most serious flood risk yet this year, according to the Daily Mail.
While the bulk of the rainfall is expected in Wales and the north, even southeast England, including London, is on flood alert. Parts of Northern Ireland remain flooded after heavy rains yesterday.
A spokesman for the EA said: "The Environment Agency has already opened incident rooms and has teams out on the ground checking on flood defences and clearing any blockages in order to reduce the risk of flooding as much as possible."
North Wales police have warned people to only venture out if their journey is absolutely necessary and has advised drivers to use extra care and take a mobile phone.
Several festivals and events planned to start today have been cancelled, including MFEST at Harewood House, the Sharrow arts festival in Sheffield and Race for Life in Huddersfield.
Wakestock, a wakeboarding and music festival held in Abersoch, North Wales, was going ahead (picture above) despite severe conditions. Its campsite is flooded and nearby river levels are rising.
Last month was the wettest June on record – and bookmakers Paddy Power have announced today that they have shortened the odds on 2012 being the wettest year on record from 8-1 to 4-1.
But at least The Guardian manages to find levity in the damp situation, observing that Prince Charles – on his way to discuss last month's flooding in Hebden Bridge – has been delayed by... flooding.