Severe flood warnings in parts of UK as Army helps

Some people were evacuated from their homes in the Lancashire area 220 miles northwest of London after water breached flood barriers following torrential rains.

By: AP | London | Published: December 26, 2015 7:12 pm


london, flood warning, red alert, london flood warning, london red alert, flood alerts in london, flood alerts on wales, cobra meet on Christmas, london cobra meet, evacuation in london, world news, latest news People are rescued from their homes in a kayak after floods on Warwick Street in Carlisle, England, Sunday Dec. 6, 2015. The Environment Agency declared 130 flood warnings, while residents in some areas were evacuated from their homes. Rain continued to fall overnight in Scotland, northern England and northern parts of Wales, and is likely to continue for a few hours yet, forecasters said. (Photo Source: AP)

Parts of northwest England already hit hard by flooding in recent weeks were under severe flood warnings Saturday because of forecasts for more heavy rain, with some areas being evacuated.

The Environmental Agency “red alert” warnings issued Saturday mean there is a danger of loss of life due to flooding in those areas.

Some people were evacuated from their homes in the Lancashire area 220 miles (355 kilometers) northwest of London after water breached flood barriers following torrential rains.

Water poured into the streets in some areas. People in some towns were told to abandon their homes for higher ground while others were told to move their valuables and listen to advice from emergency services about possible evacuation.

An Army company has helped build temporary flood defenses in Cumbria in the northwest of England as residents struggle following waves of winter storms accompanies by heavy rains.

Floods Minister Rory Stewart said rainfall in the flooded areas is unprecedented.

He said in some areas, a month’s worth of rain could fall in one day on ground already saturated from earlier rains.

There were more than 110 additional flood alerts for other parts of England and Wales.

The government’s emergency ministerial group, known as Cobra, met on Christmas Day to make contingency plans for more rainfall.

Officials said 85 percent of Britain’s flood defense barriers have already been deployed to the Cumbria area.

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  1. K
    kushal kumar
    Dec 27, 2015 at 9:51 am
    Floods in some parts of UK in December 2015 is yet another instance to prove accuracy as also usefulness in the monumental predictions of this Vedic astrology writer in article – “Stressful times ahead for world economy in 2015 and 2016” – published in online magazine ( blog) astrologyweekly on 2 June 2014 , over 17 months from now. Readers may find that global economy was predicted to be impacted by one of the aspects of life obviously with negative consequence on economy was – “ Tsunamis in seas” which term also suggests heavy storm . Further , countries or regions likely to be impacted by the planetary energies or influences were pointed out with first letter with which its name begins. It was mentioned that “EU” which means one or more countries within European Union could be touched for impact. And within “EU” ( European Union ) , “E” which denotes England while “ U” means UK and “B” means Britain . There is no doubt about UK being covered in the prediction because within European Union , these symbolic details apply to UK alone. Thus UK or Britain are implied. As regards timing of tsunami or storm or heavy rains , these predictions from the article are more than clear:- “ These influences can be read to mean that a mild slide downwards in world economy is likely to be seen after about October 2014. Unwelcome influences on the world economy around April and thereafter suggest that discernible concerns could surface around April 2015 and onwards. Definite rumbles of distress will be heard. However , a major cause of concern may arise from November 2015 to July 2016 when benign Jupiter may begin to have a scattered influence”. The details in the prediction on record when pieced together lead to a clear and only destination –rains and floods in UK- during December 2015 having somewhat unkind impact on economy. It may , however , be said that these predictions indicative of likely trends not amounting to determinism are aimed at beforehand preparedness of the concerned people.