UK issues severe flood warnings

UK receives a month of rain in 48 hours (Photo: Euronews)

Five severe flood alerts have been issued in Britain on Monday, warning of a danger to life situation after Storm Dennis dumped weeks worth of rain in some places.

The severe flood warnings were for the central English counties of Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Shropshire.

Britain’s meteorological agency, issued another 221 flood warnings for England, along with 24 for Wales and 12 for Scotland.

The weather system brought winds of more than 90 miles per hour and up to six inches of rain over the weekend.

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It gale-force winds also injured nine people in weather-related car accidents in Germany and caused flooding and power outages elsewhere in northern Europe.

Forecasters said river levels in parts of northern England had yet to reach their peak.

In the northern England city of York, authorities were piling up more than 4,000 sandbags as the Rover Ouse continued to rise.

It’s expected to peak on Tuesday.

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Severe flooding caused by Storm Dennis (Photo: The Wokingham Paper)

Other residents in parts of Wales and western England were cleaning up Monday after the storm flooded roads, railways, homes and businesses and disrupted travel across Britain.

The British environment secretary said climate change was making extreme weather events more common.