Southern England and Wales were on high flood alert yesterday, with thousands of homes at risk from raging water that has killed a person after the wettest April in over 100 years.
Rivers were being closely checked as flood defences held back muddy water from over 25 000 homes, the Environment Agency said.
“There is still a risk of flooding across many parts of England and Wales with particular focus on Somerset, Dorset and Devon,” the agency said on Monday evening, before a night of thunder and heavy storms.
Forecasters said heavy rain was starting to ease but “there will still be a good deal of standing water and a continued risk of localised flooding as river levels remain high.
The past month has been the wettest April since records began in 1910. Figures to 29 April showed 121.8mm of rain fell on average, almost double the long-term average for April of 69.6mm.
A man and his dog were killed as they tried to cross water in Hampshire in south-east England on Monday, while in Northamptonshire in central England 1,000 holidaymakers were evacuated from a caravan park.
Wednesday 2 May 2012
What I wouldn’t do for a bit of THAT rain! Imagine all the water you could harvest!