North-west and Wales worst hit by floods as temperatures rise
Thursday 05 February 2004
Many parts of Britain were hit by flooding for a second day yesterday, with Cumbria, Wales and north-west England the most severely affected.
At one stage,126 flood warnings were in place, with the heaviest rain falling in Capel Curig in Gwynedd, north Wales. The spot was deluged by 167mm (6.5ins) of rainfall in 24 hours on Tuesday, about four times the average for London in February.
Three motorists had to be rescued in the nearby village of Llanwrst, after they were trapped in a car transporter in severe floods.
June and Cliff Churchward, local residents, were hit by a deluge of the sewage-laden water, which, at its height, was 10ins deep in the living room of the home they bought 18 months ago.
Mrs Churchward, 51, said: "It was all very scary. At first I thought I could stop it but it just kept coming through the front door." The flooding also caused chaos in the Swansea Valley, leaving four people trapped on the upper floors of housing in the Pontardawe area, said the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service.
Pontardawe was developed around three waterways, the river Tawe, the Swansea canal and the Upper Clydach river, which makes the area prone to flooding.
The rain pushed north and eastwards throughout the day, hitting northern England, north Wales and the borders of Scotland about lunchtime, and continued into the evening. The river Eden in Carlisle, Cumbria, burst its banks, as did the river Ure in Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire.
Last night, 61 flood warnings for England and Wales remained in place. A total of 33 warnings were issued for England, mainly in the Midlands and the North-east, and 28 for Wales. About 76 less severe flood-watch warnings were also in place.
The Environment Agency's flood warnings for England are primarily focused around the rivers Derwent, Ure, Ouse, Severn, Trent, Soar, and Wye. For Wales, they are primarily around the Dee, Severn, Usk, Wye, Vyrnwy and Towy.
Motorists were advised to take care, as a combination of high winds and wet conditions were set to make driving difficult in some places.
But some parts of Britain enjoyed record-breaking temperatures for the time of year. Church Fenton, North Yorkshire, registered a temperature of 16.3C (61.2F), beating the previous record of 16.1C for 3 February. Lossiemouth in Scotland also broke the record, as did Hawarden in north Wales, both registering a high of 16.2C.
The Environment Agency predicted that the worst of the weather would have passed by about 10pm last night, with a general improvement in conditions from the early hours of today.
But potential problems could still lie ahead, with slow-running rivers, such as the Wye and the Dee, which take a couple of days for much of the flood water to reach them.
- 1 The black and blue dress: Makers considering a white and gold version
- 2 Man to be beheaded in Saudi Arabia after ripping up a Koran and hitting it with his shoe
- 3 Husband and wife die holding hands within hours of each other after 67 years of marriage
- 4 PornHub turns masturbation into energy in bid to save the planet
- 5 The remarkable archaeological underwater discovery that could open up a new chapter in the study of European and British prehistory
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
This is what it's like to be dead, according to a guy who died for a bit
'Cash for access' scandal: Sir Malcolm Rifkind says 'unrealistic' for MPs to live on £67,000 salary
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
Russia's roadmap for annexing eastern Ukraine 'leaked from Vladimir Putin's office'
£9 per hour: Recruitment Genius: This role is based within a small family run ...
£28000 - £32000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This Design and marketing agenc...
£46000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This property investment firm are lookin...
£18000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company specialises provid...