Flood barriers have been breached and “danger to life” warnings have been issued as the extreme weather hitting the UK shows no signs of easing.
Around 400 properties have flooded across different parts of the country as a result of heavy rain that was brought by Storm Franklin.
In Bewdley, in Worcestershire, water from the River Severn has breached the town’s flood defences, causing serious damage to a number of homes.
The Environment Agency (EA) has issued a severe flood warning for the area, meaning there is a danger to life, along with the River Severn at the Wharfage in Ironbridge, Shropshire.
The area behind the breached barriers has been evacuated and residents have been urged not to return.
Flood duty manager at the EA, Katharine Smith, said significant river flooding is expected in the coming days and urged people to remain “vigilant”.
“Heavy rain, affecting already wet areas, is likely to cause significant river flooding along the River Severn over the next few days,” she added.
“So far we have received reports of around 400 properties having flooded over the past few days. Our thoughts go out to all those affected – flooding can and does have a devastating impact on people’s lives.”
It comes as many parts of the country are recovering from three storms in the past week – Dudley, Eunice, and Franklin – which left 1.4 million homes without power.
Sky News reporter Katie Barnfield is in Bewdley, where she said the impact of the storms is “devastating”.
“The river levels are still predicted to rise by another 10cm so it could get even worse with some serious damage to the properties that are around here,” she said.
“Last night people were advised to leave the area, leave their homes, and most people have done but we have still seen some people.
“People here are pretty angry, this is the second serious flood they have had now in two years. The last one was in 2020, but they have been told they’re not actually going to get permanent flood barriers until at least 2024.”
Environment Secretary George Eustice said 40,000 homes had been protected by flood defences, as he was quizzed on flooding and the lack of permanent defences on the River Severn at the National Farmers’ Union conference.
Wind, snow and flood warnings
Meanwhile, the Met Office has issued a yellow wind warning for across northeast England, the North West, North Yorkshire, and parts of Scotland, which is in place until 3pm.
A second yellow warning for wind and snow covers much of Scotland and Northern Ireland from 1pm on Wednesday to 3pm on Thursday – with up to 10cm of snow likely at even low levels and the possibility of 70mph gusts on coasts.
Forecasters said frequent heavy snow showers are expected, along with very gusty winds and a small chance of frequent lightning affecting some places.
There is a small chance of longer journey times or cancellations as road, rail, air, and ferry services are affected.
As of 9:30am, 61 flood warnings and 57 flood alerts were in force across the UK, with just one alert issued for Scotland.