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Drier outlook as flood re­cov­ery un­der way

- BY LAURA PARNABY Weather · Disasters · Natural Disasters · England and Wales · England · Wales · Midlands · Sheffield

Large parts of Eng­land and Wales re­main af­fected by floods as ex­perts warn the chaos could con­tinue un­til to­mor­row.

The rivers Sev­ern and Avon have burst their banks, while res­i­dents in the Mid­lands and York­shire are still bat­tling to clear their homes.

How­ever, while river lev­els in some ar­eas re­main high, the Met Of­fice said it has not is­sued any weather warn­ings as drier weather ap­proaches.

Me­te­o­rol­o­gist So­phie Yeo­mans said: “There is some rain­fall around, but it’s look­ing light and patchy.”

Com­mu­ni­ties in parts of cen­tral and north­ern Eng­land con­tin­ued the clean-up after days of tor­ren­tial rain.

The En­vi­ron­ment Agency for York­shire and the North East said there is still lots of flood­wa­ter in the re­gion, and a pump­ing op­er­a­tion is un­der way to re­duce wa­ter lev­els.

En­vi­ron­ment Agency spokesman Martin Christ­mas said: “We are start­ing to think about mov­ing from emer­gency res­cue re­sponse into re­cov­ery and that means look­ing at our flood warn­ings and then start­ing to think about all the in­spec­tions we need to do to look at po­ten­tial re­pairs for banks and flood as­sets based on the load­ing they have re­ceived from the wa­ter in the last week.”

The Met Of­fice said its Sh­effield weather sta­tion has recorded its wettest ever au­tumn, tweet­ing: “With 15 days still to go, the site has al­ready recorded 427.6mm of rain.

“The pre­vi­ous record was set in 2000 with 425.2mm of rain fall­ing be­tween Septem­ber 1 and Novem­ber 30 that year.”

 ??  ?? Flooded fields near Tewkes­bury, Glouces­ter­shire
Flooded fields near Tewkes­bury, Glouces­ter­shire

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