‘Danger to life’ flood warnings issued in aftermath of Storm Dennis

Severe flood warnings have been issued across the UK as the country continues to reel from the devastation left by Storm Dennis.

The Environment Agency said rivers have swollen to “exceptional” levels in parts of the UK, with water levels continuing to rise overnight.

While today is expected to bring a brief pause to the downpours for most Brits, there is a risk of torrential rain in Wales – one of the areas worst-affected by Storm Dennis.

Wales now has two Met Office yellow weather warnings, which are in force from 6pm on Wednesday to 3pm on Thursday.

In England, seven severe flood warnings are in place and weather warnings could be extended to the North West.

Residents in Worcestershire were advised to leave their homes after the River Severn burst its banks.

Tragically, the body of a woman was found after she was swept away.

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Yvonne Booth, 55, was swept into floodwater after her car became stuck close to Tenbury Wells.

More heavy rain is also forecast for tomorrow and Thursday, sparking fears that already flooded areas could face more misery.

Met Office meteorologist Marco Petagna said: “With the ground being so saturated it’s not going to help the situation.

“And there’s more persistent rain coming on Wednesday. There will be wet and windy weather across the UK on Wednesday and Thursday…with the rain coming back.”

Forecasters also fear the downpour “may become persistent, and possibly heavy, over areas of high ground”.

The news will be of no comfort for residents, after 420 properties were flooded by Storm Dennis and another 800 were ruined by Ciara.

A record number of flood warnings and alerts were issued by the Environment Agency over the past few days as rivers across Britain burst their banks.

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