Floods Hit England and Wales
Floods devastated parts of Wales over the weekend and more are expected, as heavy rain continues throughout Britain. After one of the wettest Mays on record, the bad weather has continued into June, with torrential rain causing a number of rivers to burst their banks on Friday and Saturday.
Weekend of Floods in Wales
Areas around Aberystwyth near the west coast of Wales received twice as much rain fall in 24 hours than normally falls in the whole month of June. This led to floods 5 foot deep in the local town of Ceredigion and the leader of the County Council, Ellen ap Gwynn, has revealed that an appeal will be launched to help those affected:
"I've personally witnessed the devastation left by this weekend's flooding. It's heartbreaking to see so many homes damaged by the flooding and to realise that many have lost prized personal possessions that cannot be replaced. However, I hope that by launching an appeal we can assist those affected to get back on their feet as soon as possible."
Meanwhile in nearby Pemmal 600 people were evacuated from their homes after a dam was on the verge of bursting. After a drain hole that normally releases pressure became blocked, emergency services had to work quickly to build a channel for the water to safely flow away.
Severe Weather Warnings
More rain is expected throughout England and Wales all this week and the Environment Agency has issued flood alerts in 31 different areas. The worst hit areas are expected to be in south east England, with London and surrounding areas facing torrential rain. Parts of West Sussex have already suffered, with around 40 buildings being flooded over the weekend.
However, the Agency were quick to reassure people, emphasising that flood alerts only mean there is a chance of flooding, whilst flood warnings (of which there are none at the moment) mean flooding is likely.