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Floods in England expected to disrupt rail services, cause travel chaos

Written on:December 24, 2023
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Environment Agency says almost 20 flood warnings remain in force across Worcestershire and Herefordshire

Almost 130 flood warnings are in effect across England as additional wet climate is expected to cause further flooding and travel disturbances. More than 70 flood warnings are in force for the Midlands, 30 in the South West and 12 in the northeastern area. Rail services with CrossCountry, East Midlands Trains and First Great Western are among those affected by the flood warnings and by the existing wet weather.

Up to 30mm of rainfall is expected to lash southwestern England on Monday, which has already been dampened.

The railway line between Exeter and Plymouth has also been shut down at Teignmouth, where there has been a landslide. First Great Western has suggested to commuters that they shouldn’t travel at all if possible. There has been flooding at the Cowley Bridge railway junction in Devon, which signifies that the trains will not operate between Exeter St Davids and Tiverton Parkway until Friday at the earliest. Buses will replace trains.

The Environment Agency has voiced that almost 20 flood warnings remain in operation across Herefordshire and Worcestershire, including expanses of the Wye, Avon, Teme and Severn. Numerous roads across the two counties are shut down due to rising flood waters. Also, as per the Environment Agency, numerous flood warnings were in effect on the River Trent in the East Midlands.

River levels across Oxfordshire are being sharply watched from a new control centre at Wallingford. Provisional barricades have been established on Osney island in Oxford as a safety measure.

In accordance with North Devon Council chief, Brian Greenslade, staffers were on standby if the flood situation worsened again throughout the next few days.

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