More rain forecast as flood warnings hit record levels

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The Environment Agency issued a record 52 severe flood warnings on 33 rivers last night, forecasting that more rain was expected in the next 24 hours.

The Environment Agency issued a record 52 severe flood warnings on 33 rivers last night, forecasting that more rain was expected in the next 24 hours.

With much of Britain in chaos after the worst flooding in 50 years, the extreme weather claimed another two lives. In Herefordshire, a tree fell on a car in "atrocious" conditions, killing two passengers and critically injuring the driver.

In Scotland, which has so far escaped lightly,the Edinburgh Flood Group warned that the river Almond at Kirkliston and the Water of Leith in the Murrayfield and Roseburn areas were near to bursting their banks. Police evacuated 20 elderly residents from a sheltered housing complex in the city as waters rose.

Chief Inspector Grainger Falconer, chairman of the Flood Group, said: "We are asking householders to prevent or limit damage to their houses: move property to higher areas; remove chemicals, such as weedkiller, from sheds so the water supply is not contaminated."

The two deaths - bringing to 12 the number of people killed by the extreme weather - happened on Sunday night on the B4361 at Richards Castle, near Tenbury Wells. Two people were declared dead at the scene. The driver was taken to hospital with head and spinal injuries. The tree narrowly missed a coach travelling in the opposite direction.

In Kent, Yalding flooded yesterday for the third time in three weeks. In Yorkshire, shops were swamped when the river Calder burst its banks in Wakefield; and the Environment Agency warned that flooding in the Malton, York, Selby and Barmby areas may get worse.In the Midlands, there were 17 severe flood warnings.

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