Storm Dennis: Aerial Views Show Extent of Severe Flooding in Central England

Brenda Watkins
February 21, 2020

"But the ground is saturated (due to the persistent, heavy rainfall) so it is causing problems".

A total of 91 flood warnings remained in place across England and Wales on Thursday afternoon, alongside six threat-to-life severe flood warnings.

The more extreme warnings were all near the English Welsh border, around the rivers Severn, Wye, and Lugg, where people have already experienced flooding.

A flood alert is an early indication of potential flooding whereas a flood warning means flooding is imminent.

As a result of rail and road infrastructure damage and continued flooding caused by Storm Dennis, and a weather warning for further heavy rain this week we are still strongly advising all customers to check their journey arrangements prior to travel and allow plenty of time.

While Wales will not be hit with more deluges of rain on Friday, meteorologist Craig Snell said: "There are no signs of anything majorly dry coming through which is what people need in the flood-hit areas".

"The other talking point for Friday will be the strength of the wind, it's going to be quite gusty in the north".

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Honister Pass in Cumbria, one of the wettest areas of the United Kingdom annually, recorded 7.28 inches (185mm) of rain in 36 hours on Thursday while 2.83 inches (72mm) was recorded in Shap, Cumbria.

Northern parts of England could see winds up to 65 miles per hour on Friday, which could cause transport delays and adverse driving conditions.

Record levels of rainfall have been recorded across the United Kingdom this week, with more on the way for flood-soaked areas.

Parts of Britain could be blanketed with up to eight inches of snow as blizzard conditions arrive over the weekend, while the ongoing flooding misery looks set to continue.

Given the recent wet conditions, this brings a chance of flooding.

Freezing temperatures may bring snow to areas of Scotland and northern England as low as 200 metres. Now a new alert has been issued for rain on Sunday, with forecasts showing torrential rain will fall on areas already flooded in the wake of Storm Dennis.

Capel Curig in Snowdonia, north Wales, has had the highest rainfall of the last day, with 80mm falling in the 24 hours to 10am.

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