Government warns of MORE flooding as Met Office issues ice alert
Government warns of MORE flooding this week in some of the areas worst affected by Storm Babet as Met Office issues ice alert for some already flooded regions today
- Around 1,250 properties in England have been flooded following the storm
The government has warned of more flooding this week in some of the areas worst affected by Storm Babet as the Met Office has issued an ice alert for some of the already flooded regions today.
The Environment Agency (EA) has warned there could be more flooding in the coming days for some of the worst affected areas – despite severe flood warnings, meaning risk of death or serious injury, being lifted.
Around 1,250 properties in England have been flooded and an estimated 30,000 properties have been protected in the floods following Storm Babet.
This comes as the Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for ice for parts of Scotland as well as parts of northern England, which is in place until this morning.
The warning covers major Scottish cities including Inverness, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Dundee, Glasgow and Stirling – as well as the Angus and Aberdeenshire regions, which have been devastated by flooding during Storm Babet.
CATCLIFFE: A view from above of the South Yorkshire town, where residents have been evacuated from their homes due to the flooding
DUNDEE: A car sits in the remains of a collapsed bridge at Fowlis, near the Scottish city, after Storm Babet. Locals said the occupant was rescued by a farmer
A yellow weather warning for ice has been issued for ice in parts of Scotland the northern parts of England
SHEFFIELD: Cars sit abandoned in floodwaters in the village of Catcliffe in the early hours of Sunday morning
There are currently still 114 flood warnings – meaning flooding is ‘expected’ – in place spread mostly across the western and northern parts of England
RETFORD: Residents wade through the flooded road after Storm Babet battered their town
The Met Office warned on X: ‘The recent wet weather and the cold night tonight may allow some icy stretches to form on untreated surfaces.
‘A yellow ice warning is in force across parts of Scotland and the far north of England until 9am Monday morning.’
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Despite severe flood warnings in place on the River Derwent in Derby and on the River Idle in the East Midlands being lifted on Sunday, the EA warned: ‘River flooding will continue into Wednesday along the River Severn.
‘Further flooding is possible from rivers and surface water on Tuesday and Wednesday for parts of England due to further heavy rain.’
There are currently still 114 flood warnings – meaning flooding is ‘expected’ – in place spread mostly across the western and northern parts of England.
The weather next week will remain ‘unsettled’, according to Met Office meteorologist Craig Snell, who said in his forecast: ‘Low pressure is always going to be close by, bringing further spells of rain in from the west.
‘Quite windy at times, too, especially later on in the week could see some coastal gales come Thursday and Friday.’
For Monday Snell warned: ‘With the recent weather across parts of Scotland, and the far north of England we could even see a few icy stretches.
‘So there is a yellow weather warning in force for ice as we go into the small hours of Monday. So if you do have any travel plans first thing on Monday, just to allow some extra time because there could be some slippery surfaces.’
While the day will start off bright, sunny and dry for most, there is the risk of rain for parts of Northern Ireland, western Cornwall and possibly the western fringes of Wales, according to Snell.
RETFORD: Two ‘danger to life’ alerts have been issued across the Nottinghamshire area after local rivers reached record new heights
RETFORD: A woman in wellington boots carries a suitcase as she evacuates from her house in the Nottinghamshire town, where locals have been told to leave if asked to do so
CATCLIFFE: Houses sit up to their windows in water after heavy rains caused the nearby River Rother to burst its banks, just outside Sheffield
RETFORD: A man carries his dog through the flood-stricken streets of the Nottinghamshire town, after the county council advised locals to prepare to evacuate on Sunday
LEOMINSTER: Flooded fields surround the roads and railways of the Herefordshire town after the River Lugg burst its banks
He said: ‘Best of the sunshine come the afternoon will be up across parts of Scotland and for most temperatures very similar to recent days really. So highs reaching 11 to 13 degrees across the north, potentially 15 or 16 degrees in the south.
‘Into the evening, we continue the risk of some rain across parts of Northern Ireland and south western England. And then later on, the next pulse of rain works its way along some eastern coast of England.’
Apart from the yellow weather warning for ice for parts of Scotland, no other weather warnings are in place yet for the rest of the week.
At least nine people are feared to have died during Storm Babet, including a number of road crashes where the weather is believed to have played a part in the tragedy.
Among them is 83-year-old Maureen Gilbert, who was found dead after her home was hit by flooding in Derbyshire.
Derbyshire Police said the pensioner was found dead at about 10.35am on Saturday at her home in Tapton Terrace, Chesterfield.
Her son Paul Gilbert told Sky News he found his mother ‘floating in the water’.
57-year-old Wendy Taylor was swept into the Water of Lee, in Glenesk, north of Brechin, Angus, at around 1.45pm on Thursday
Flowers were left outside Mrs Gilbert’s home on Sunday after her son and grandson found her body at home in Chesterfield on Saturday
Watermarks on the wall indicate the height of the water at the point it entered Mrs Gilbert’s home, taking her life
He told the broadcaster: ‘I did not want to find my own mum and I expected somebody else to have found her.
‘I go through so many different stages, anger, upset, I don’t know. I can’t put it into words what it means at the moment.’
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Wendy Taylor, 57, died after being swept into the Water of Lee, Glen Esk, on Thursday, Police Scotland said.
Her family described her as ‘a ray of sunshine for everyone who was fortunate enough to know her’ in a tribute issued through police.
‘We are absolutely heartbroken to lose Wendy in such tragic circumstances and are still struggling to come to terms with it. Wendy was a beautiful, kind, funny and caring person,’ they said.
‘Wendy was the beloved wife, best friend and soulmate in life to George, mother to James, Sally and Susanna and Granny to India and George.’
First Minister of Scotland Humza Yousaf will visit Brechin, Angus, on Monday to see where the River South Esk burst its banks and flooded dozens of homes last week during Storm Babet.
In Scotland, Angus and Aberdeenshire were badly hit by the storm and teams have been clearing debris from roads, while those hit by flooding are making repairs.
Residents of River Street in Brechin were first alerted to the danger of the body of water overtopping local flood defences on Thursday as heavy downpours caused levels to rise rapidly.
Paul Gilbert found his elderly disabled mother Maureen’s lifeless body floating in the waters of her flooded home in Chesterfield, Derbyshire
The pensioner, 83, had lived in the street all of her life and was eventually limited to living downstairs in her advancing years
RETFORD: A Land Rover driver churns his way along waterlogged roads in the Nottinghamshire town
CHESTERFIELD: A worker begins clearing the drains after floods washed out much of the Derbyshire town
In the early hours of Friday, emergency services stepped up efforts to move people out of their properties as water started to spill over the sides of the defences and engulf the street.
Respite centres were set up in the town for individuals and families forced to leave their homes and residents only started returning in large numbers on Sunday to assess the damage done.
Mr Yousaf is expected to meet residents impacted by the flooding during his visit and thank volunteers, local authority staff and emergency service personnel who played a part in the evacuation.
Angus Council said it has had an ‘overwhelming’ response to an appeal for accommodation for people unable to return to their properties because of the damage caused by the floods.
A call for clothing and toiletries for those affected by the floods also led to hundreds of donations, the local authority said.
HOLYWELL: Flooding on the high street threatens to encroach on a local pub in this Cambridgeshire village on Sunday morning
SANIACRE: An entire neighbourhood of the Derbyshire town sits partially submerged after severe flooding. Fire and rescue services have declared a ‘major incident’ in the county
YORK: Flooding along the River Ouse in the centre of York early on Sunday, where waters are continuing to rise
DERBY: Fields near Derby rugby club sit underwater after the River Derwent burst its banks
Hundreds fled the street and nearby areas when the River South Esk burst its banks and overtopped flood defences, sending water pouring into the lower floors of many properties.
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Derby City Council saw record-breaking water levels in the River Derwent and warned that cleaning up after the floods could take several days.
Met Office spokesman Dave Britton said those worst affected by the flooding caused by Storm Babet could see ‘a couple of quieter days’.
Mr Britton said more settled weather on Monday could allow some respite and a chance for recovery.
He added: ‘There is this pulse of rain moving its way north overnight later on Monday and into Tuesday, but the rest of the week does look like it remains rather unsettled with spells of rain at times.’
On Friday, a man in his 60s died after getting caught in fast-flowing floodwater in the town of Cleobury Mortimer in Shropshire.
Police Scotland previously said a falling tree hit a van near Forfar in Angus on Thursday evening, killing the 56-year-old driver.
A search is also under way in Aberdeenshire after a report of a man trapped in a vehicle in floodwater.
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