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90 flood warnings, 210 flood alerts in place to brace UK for weekend storm

Written on:December 27, 2023
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Landslides across England create travel disruptions for commuters

More than 90 flood warnings and 210 flood alerts are in place across England and Wales, as the UK braces for more wet weather on Friday. More heavy downpour is expected to hit the UK today and tomorrow followed by a storm over the weekend, marking the end of one of the wettest years in the history of Britain.

Landslide in West Highlands on Christmas Day has led to the closure of A890 at Stromeferry, which is irking commuters as they have to take diversion of almost 150 miles. It is expected to take several days to clear the debris.

A landslip at Ystalyfera, in the upper Swansea valley, has led to the evacuation of 13 families. The Glazebrook landslip has disrupted train services between Manchester Oxford Road and Liverpool Lime Street, and the services are not expected to run until Friday.

South West train lines that are still closed include Liskeard to Looe in Cornwall and Exeter St Davids to Barnstaple in Devon. Train lines between Exeter St Davids and Tiverton Parkway are also closed, and limited train services are running between Newton Abbot and Exeter St Davids.

North east Scotland which has been hit by flooding and heavy rains is receiving emergency funds. A monkey sanctuary in Looe, Cornwall, which cares for sick and injured primates caught up in the UK pet trade is appealing for help after being devastated by flooding. The main building was heavily flooded by rain water, causing huge property loss.

An appeal for sandbags came in from the residents of Burton Fleming village in East Yorkshire because of flooding in Gypsey Race stream, which runs through the village. The flooding of the stream caused severe damage to 40 homes in the village.

Yorkshire Council has confirmed to have sent 100 sandbags with a promise of more. The Met Office forecast said that given the saturated condition of the ground more heavy rain in the next two days would caused severe localised flooding.

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