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Man dies as storm-hit areas warned flooding could last for days


Parts of the UK already hit by heavy downpours from Storm Dennis over the weekend have been warned they face further flooding for a number of days.

Some areas of the country were struck by winds over 90mph while more than a month's worth of rain fell in 48 hours, leading to a record number of flood warnings and alerts in England.

But despite the worst of Storm Dennis having passed, experts have warned the UK can still expect more wet and windy conditions into the coming week.

On Sunday, major incidents were declared in South Wales, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Shropshire due to flooding.

Image: Cars were left abandoned in the floodwater

One of the worst-hit areas in South Wales was the village of Nantgarw, Rhondda Cynon Taff, near Cardiff, which had seen entire streets left underwater since the early hours of Sunday morning.


Chief Superintendent Tom Harding from West Mercia Police said there had been severe flood warnings, meaning a danger to life, in the Tenbury Wells area and Ludlow.

He added: "We are also advised that there is potential risk of further and significant flooding over the next few days in Greyfriars and Hampton Bishop in Herefordshire, Worcester and Upton in Worcestershire and Shrewsbury in Shropshire."

More from Storm Dennis

Amid the torrid conditions, the Environment Agency (EA) urged people to remain vigilant and said "significant" river and surface water flooding is expected to continue into next week.

The storm has claimed the life of a man in his 60s who died after falling into the River Tawe near Gorsedd Park in the Ystradgynlais area of South Wales.

A fallen tree in Hanham that has struck a block of flats, a few casualties with minor injuries being treated (Pic: @AFRSHicksGate)
Image: A number of people were injured after a tree was blow over in Hanham, near Bristol (Pic: @AFRSHicksGate)

And in Hanham near Bristol, a number of people suffered minor injuries when a fallen tree struck a block of flats.

Across the country:

  • In England, eight severe flood warnings are in place in Eardiston, Steeping, Wainfleet All Saints, Little Hereford, Ludlow and Tenbury Wells, Croft and Thorpe St Peter
  • In Wales, all severe flood warnings have been lifted
  • 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 a yellow weather warning is in place for strong winds
  • There was a dramatic landing at Heathrow Airport for the world's largest passenger plane
People look at flood water in a flooded street in Tenbury Wells, after the River Teme burst its banks in western England, on February 16, 2020, after Storm Dennis caused flooding across large swathes of Britain
Image: A severe flood warning remains in place in Tenbury Wells

The EA's flood duty manager Caroline Douglass added: "Storm Dennis will continue to bring disruptive weather into early next week, and there are flood warnings in place across much of England.

"We urge people to check the flood risk in their area and remain vigilant."

Woman rescued in Wales as Storm Dennis causes major flooding around the UK.
Storm Dennis wreaks havoc across UK

Roads and railways were flooded on Sunday after torrential downpours and high winds caused by the second storm in just over a week.

The situation was said to be "life-threatening" in South Wales, where the Met Office issued a red warning due to heavy rainfall and flooding risk until 11am on Sunday.

EA's flood and coastal risk management executive director John Curtin said there were a record number of flood warnings and alerts in force.

The EA said on Sunday afternoon there had been more than 600 flood warnings and flood alerts in place across England – Read More – Source