Homes evacuated as flooding continues in UK



    Homes evacuated as flooding continues in UK

    Dec 27, London: Hundreds of people have been evacuated in northern England ass flood continues to hit. Emergency teams are working to evacuate people from homes in York.

    Police advised between 300 and 400 people to evacuate near the River Ouse and River Foss in York, with up to 3,500 properties at risk, news reports said.

    Hundreds of flood alerts and warnings are in place for England, Wales and Scotland, including more than 20 severe warnings - indicating danger to life.

    Environment minister Liz Truss said the government will review flood defences. She said  that there had been "unprecedented" levels of rainfall in parts of northern England, saying it was "right to say" flood defences had been "overwhelmed".

    She warned some rivers had not yet reached their expected high peak, saying the Army had been deployed in York, Leeds, and parts of Lancashire.

    Meanwhile, Prime Minister David Cameron is due to chair an emergency conference call and will visit some of the flood-affected areas on Monday.

    According to news reports, more than 7,500 customers in Greater Manchester and Lancashire remain without power, Electricity North West said, including 5,500 homes and businesses in Rochdale.

    The Environment Agency said the River Ouse's water level had reached 4.65m at 04:00 GMT on Sunday. Its typical level is between 0.5m and 1.9m.

    The Oslo Times

     
     

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