The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)
Drier outlook as flood recovery under way
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.”