Thursday, 30 January 2014

January rainfall breaks records

Two commandoes look out over flooded fields

Early figures suggest parts of England have had their wettest January, in records stretching back 100 years.

The Met Office said much of southern England and parts of the Midlands had already seen twice the average rainfall for January by midnight on Tuesday - with three days left in the month.
And it is warning of more rain, as well as snow and high winds, for much of the UK in the coming days.
In Somerset, the military remains on standby to help flooded areas.
A 15th meeting of Cobra, the government's emergency response committee, was chaired by Environment Secretary Owen Paterson on Thursday evening.
Mr Paterson said heavy rain combined with high spring tides meant properties on the UK's south coast were at risk of flooding over the weekend, and he appealed to the public to pay attention to warnings issued.
He said he was hopeful that a 20-year plan to deal with flooding in the Somerset Levels would be agreed sooner than in the six weeks he had specified.
"As soon as we've got a plan, I'll be down there talking to local people," he said.

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