Wednesday, 12 May 2021

Cars submerged as heavy rain hits Britain

GLASGOW: Heavy rain and gale force winds will continue to hit Britain in the wake of Storm Angus, bringing further risk of flooding. The Environment Agency has warned communities in the southwest and north of England to be prepared as the bad weather continues into Tuesday. Residents in one street woke to find deep floodwater had trapped their cars, while Network Rail said the line between Bristol Parkway and Swindon has been shut because of “heavy flooding”.

Services between Cardiff and London Paddington have been cancelled and diversions are in place on other routes because of the closure, a spokesman said. Clare Dinnis, national flood duty manager at the agency, said people should not “take unnecessary risks” and should “avoid driving through floodwater or walking near swollen rivers”. “People should also take care if walking by the coast as there is a risk of large waves caused by strong and gale force winds. “The South West is expected to see some of the heaviest rainfall today and tonight and these areas face an increased risk of river and surface water flooding following heavy rain over the weekend.”

The Met Office said strong winds and gale force gusts will hit several regions. Downpours are forecast for the South West, Bristol and most of Wales, bringing with it winds that may reach up to 40-50mph. Residents in Yorkshire and the Humber have also been warned to expect 40-50mph gusts, a Met Office spokesman said. Anyone in Strathclyde, plus Dumfries and Galloway, should prepare for 50-60mph gusts which could hit 70mph in hilltop areas. Residents in Whitchurch Lane in Bristol had their cars by floodwater. Shop assistant Christine Granger, 62, described the scene outside her home as looking “like a river”. Speaking as another burst of rain hit just before midday, she said: “It is tipping down now. It is just going to get worse.

“There is a Land Rover trying to get down and there are waves of water going right over the bonnet. It looks like a river. “When it finally dies down the road and path will be thick with mud. “We should not have to put up with it in this day and age. It is disheartening really.” An Avon Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said everyone had managed to get out of their vehicles safely and no one was trapped. The Met Office said 0.9in (21.6mm) of rain fell between 9pm and 9am on the Isle of Portland in Dorset, while Liscombe in Somerset saw 0.8in (19.2mm) of rain. Between 0.8in (20mm) and 1.2in (30mm) of rain could fall in Devon and parts of Somerset during a three to six-hour period later, with the possibility of 1.6in (40mm) to 2.4in (60mm) locally across the day.

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