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Storm Dennis: Record number of flood warnings in place

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Storm Dennis has triggered the highest number of flood warnings and alerts on a single day on record in England, according to the Environment Agency.

There were 580 alerts in place at 1pm, including four severe warnings in England and widespread amber alerts from the Met Office. There are also two severe flooding alerts in Wales.

A major incident has also been declared in South Wales, triggering a multi-agency response to the severe flooding in the area.

Image: Pontypridd in Wales at 9am on Sunday morning. Pic: Julian Jones
A building close to the River Taff submerged by the flood waters
Image: A building close to the River Taff submerged by the flood waters

Across the country:

  • Two severe flood warnings are in place for the area around Pontypridd, South Wales, as well as an amber rain warning from the Met Office.
  • In England, four severe flood warnings remain in place around the River Teme in Worcestershire, as well as hundreds more alerts across the country.
  • In Scotland, a number of alerts and warnings have been removed and a warning for high winds has now been issued by the Met Office.
  • In Northern Ireland, high winds threaten to batter the country later on, before Storm Dennis moves north to the area.

At Nantgarw near Cardiff rescuers brought people from their homes in boats after the river Taff burst its banks. A helicopter was seen winching someone clear of floodwater at Crickhowell on the river Usk.

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The storm has left roads and railway lines underwater, as it batters large parts of the UK with heavy rains and strong winds.

Pictures show roads and pathways submerged by the flooding, while some buildings appear to be underwater, as the storm takes hold of the area.

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Residents Kevin and Susanna said the floodwaters from the River Taff opposite their home quickly rose above their floodgate, submerging their home.

Houses in Nantgarw, South Wales after Storm Dennis
Image: Houses in Nantgarw, South Wales after Storm Dennis

Kevin told Sky News: "Everything was floating about including the settee. It rises very quickly and can go to 6ft in the matter of an hour – that's how quick it can go – but it can drop just as fast though."

A man who went to help the couple said: "I got a call at 2 o clock this morning saying I need you down here to lend a hand. We were trying to pail some water because it was starting to come over the wall… we were trying to get as much as we could out.

"All of a sudden it came over the wall and we had about an hour and it was 5ft."

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