UK weather: Drone photos show devastating impact of floods in Worcestershire


These dramatic aerial pictures show how an image postcard village in the Malvern Hills of Worcestershire has been overwhelmed by extreme flooding from the River Severn with residents left homeless.
The remoted space of Severn Stoke, which has a inhabitants of about 600 folks, has been deluged after the river broke its banks following heavy rainfall in the aftermath of Storm Dennis almost a fortnight in the past.
Dozens of houses, the Grade II-listed church and taking part in fields have been left underwater in the village which remains to be beneath an Environment Agency flood warning amid fears extra rainfall may see river ranges rise additional.
Flood-hit communities will face additional heavy rain and powerful winds as Storm Jorge makes its approach throughout the UK over the weekend, with 3in (80mm) of rain – a month’s value – hitting Wales and northern England on Friday.
Jorge, which was named by Spanish meteorological providers slightly than the Met Office, may carry sturdy winds to a lot of England, Wales and Northern Ireland on Saturday, reaching 70mph on coasts and as much as 60mph inland. 
Police have warned flood-hit households throughout Shropshire and Worcestershire, the place evacuations have been going down in cities all through this week, to count on ‘one other ten days of tough circumstances’ with extra heavy rain due.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has declined to say whether or not he can be visiting areas the place folks have been made homeless by current floods, whereas visiting the headquarters of a charity for the homeless on Thursday morning.
It comes as flood-hit residents in Ironbridge refused to go away their houses on Thursday amid fears over looting as they praised the neighborhood for ‘searching for one another’ amid warnings over an extra ten days of distress. 
Aerial photos have proven the extent of flooding in rural communities. Pictured is the River Severn flooding into surrounding fields in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire

Flooding in Severn Stoke in Worcestershire on Thursday (proper; and a standard view, left) after the River Severn has damaged its banks

Flood-hit residents in Ironbridge (pictured) refused to go away their houses amid fears over looting however praised the neighborhood for ‘searching for one another’

An aerial view of Bewdley, Worcestershire, additionally reveals the quantity of flooding after the River Severn broke its banks

The remoted space of Severn Stoke, which has a inhabitants of 600, had been deluged on Thursday after the river broke its banks

The flooding of Severn Stoke on Thursday got here after heavy rainfall in the aftermath of Storm Dennis almost a fortnight in the past

Severn Stoke, pictured on Thursday, is dwelling to a historic pub known as The Rose And Crown in a 16th century timber constructing

The Worcestershire village of Severn Stoke has been deluged after the River Severn broke its banks following heavy rainfall

Aerial pictures show how the village of Severn Stoke in Worcestershire has been overwhelmed by flooding on Thursday

An aerial view of flooding in Severn Stoke simply south of Worcester on Thursday the place the River Severn has damaged its banks

The EA warning for Severn Stoke stated: ‘Flooding of properties and roads in and round Clifton and Severn Stoke continues. Further rainfall is forecast over the following few days, and that is more likely to trigger river ranges to rise once more.
‘We are carefully monitoring the scenario. Our incident response employees are checking defences. Please transfer possessions and valuables off the bottom or to security, and keep away from contact with flood water.’
Severn Stoke is dwelling to the Rose And Crown pub in a 16th century timber constructing, which was devastated throughout floods on Christmas Day 2012 when water ranges rose to 18 inches in the bar as diners deserted their lunches.
But the owner and landlady Pete and Di Fryar continued residing in the Grade II-listed constructing and had been capable of reopen lower than a month later thanks to assist from native residents and Marston’s Brewery in Wolverhampton. 

Thousands of residents residing close to the Severn face flooding, with a 100-mile stretch of the river issued with flood warnings

Severe flooding from the River Severn in the village of Severn Stoke on Thursday left some residents homeless

An aerial view of flooding in Severn Stoke close to Worcester and Upton upon Severn on Thursday the place the river has damaged its banks

Dozens of houses, the Grade II-listed church and taking part in fields have been left underwater in the village of Severn Stoke on Thursday

Severn Stoke stays beneath a flood warning on Thursday amid fears additional rainfall may trigger river ranges to rise once more

Severn Stoke, pictured on Thursday, is remoted, with the native college having closed in 1969 and solely occasional buses working

The Worcestershire village of Severn Stoke has a Grade II-listed church and has been deluged by the current flooding

The River Severn has burst its banks after heavy rainfall throughout the earlier week in Tewkesbury, Gloucester

Dave Throup, Environment Agency supervisor for Herefordshire and Worcestershire, stated 500 tonnes of water – the equal to 6 HGVs – was flowing by way of the town of Worcester (pictured) each second

The River Severn has unfold into fields round its banks in Worcester 

An aerial view of Ironbridge, Shropshire, reveals homes which have been flooded and blue boundaries alongside some of the river

The village is distant, with the native college having closed in 1969, solely occasional buses working to and from Worcester and Upton upon Severn and the closest railway station of Great Malvern being a 20-minute drive away.
People residing in riverside houses in the Shropshire city stayed put regardless of listening to a loud bang yesterday adopted by a gushing sound as emergency flood defences that had held out for per week lastly gave technique to the Severn. 
February is already the second wettest on report
This month is already the second wettest February on report, in keeping with the Met Office.
Total common rainfall throughout the UK from February 1 to 25 was 179.3mm (7.1 inches) – greater than the 175.2mm measured in 2002, which was beforehand ranked because the second wettest February.
Whether this month stands an opportunity of changing into the wettest ever February on report is unclear, nevertheless. 
The determine to beat is 193.4mm (7.6 inches), which was set in February 1990.
Four extra days of knowledge – Feb 26 to 29 – will have to be mixed with the present complete of 179.3mm earlier than the Met Office can publish a provisional determine for the complete month.
Heavy rain and powerful winds are forecast to reach in the UK as half of a climate system that has been named Storm Jorge by the Spanish meteorological service.
Rain warnings for components of Wales and northern England have been issued, with 60mm (2.4in) to 80mm (3.1in) attainable over the very best floor.
The Met Office’s rainfall knowledge goes again to 1862. 
It reveals that the bottom February rainfall on report is 9.1mm (0.36in) in 1932. 
The determine for February 1862 – the oldest accessible – is 32.0mm (1.26in), which at present ranks because the eleventh driest February on report.
Gareth Anderson, 50, who lives subsequent to the Wharfage space of the city, has stayed in his dwelling for 2 weeks now and stated on Thursday: ‘I have never left. I do not see the necessity to depart. The neighborhood right here is one that can assist one another.’
Mr Anderson added that he was involved by experiences of looters, saying: ‘Just a few night time in the past a gaggle of younger lads had been hanging round asking if folks had been in their houses. 
‘I stated each home was occupied. We all look out for one another down right here. It’s loopy {that a} time like this folks have to guard their dwelling.’
But West Mercia Police Chief Superintendent Tom Harding stated: ‘We haven’t acquired any experiences of looting in Ironbridge.
‘We have officers out and about in the city all through the day and night time who’re very a lot nonetheless responding to the flooding in the native space in addition to offering reassurance and a visual presence.’
Some 35 properties have been evacuated, with police saying stated ‘nearly all’ residents have now left. 
Among these staying put was Elizabeth Maiden, 88, who stated from her dwelling: ‘I’ve lived right here for 80 years and it was worse than this in 1947 and 2000. Do I need to be evacuated? No. Where would I am going? I am unable to see any level in leaving.’
Although a extreme flooding, hazard to life warning remains to be in place for the River Severn on the Wharfage in Ironbridge, the water stage is lowering. The Environment Agency revealed the gauge for Buildwas at 6pm on Thursday was 5.82m and falling. A peak stage of 6.79m occurred at 9am on Wednesday morning. 
Snow additionally affected Britain on Thursday, and 0.6in (15mm) of rain fell on closely saturated areas, earlier than an extra 2.4in (60mm) throughout Friday and Saturday in Wales and northern England – when 70mph winds are additionally anticipated. 
West Mercia Police advised folks in the Wharfage space of Ironbridge to go away their houses and companies and stated the pressure’s presence on the bottom will ‘proceed for the following ten days’ earlier than issues get again to regular.
Water is seen extraordinarily near houses and companies the place the River Severn and River Avon converge close to Tewkesbury

A cellular dwelling park is seen flooded after the River Severn broke its banks throughout the floods

Aerial pictures show the harm performed to Worcester by the heavy rain and flooding

An picture reveals the place the River Severn and River Avon converge close to Tewkesbury and have flooded into fields

Fire crews arrived on Thursday in Snaith, East Riding of Yorkshire, the place locals have criticised the shortage of assist they’ve acquired

Members of the coastguard in Snaith, East Riding of Yorkshire, arrive to assist communities affected by flooding on Thursday

People survey flooding in Snaith, East Yorkshire, on Thursday the place locals have criticised the shortage of assist they’ve acquired

Members of the hearth brigade in boats get by way of floodwater in Snaith, East Riding of Yorkshire, on Thursday afternoon

A lady has her door protected with sandbags in Snaith, East Riding of Yorkshire, Thursday afternoon

Members of the hearth brigade in boats get by way of floodwater in Snaith, East Riding of Yorkshire, Thursday afternoon

A highway snakes its approach by way of floodwater after the River Severn has damaged its banks in Worcestershire

Rows of timber are seen among the many burst River Severn in Worcester on Thursday

Blue boundaries are seen alongside the river in Ironbridge, Shropshire, the place the River Severn has flooded

The water stage in Bewdley, Worcester, virtually covers the arches of a bridge and has flooded grass across the financial institution

Deputy Chief Constable Julian Moss stated: ‘We are monitoring carefully with colleagues on the Environment Agency, and an operational plan is in place with Shropshire Fire and Rescue ought to or not it’s required.’  
Pub proprietor is evacuated to a resort after floodwater gushes into her enterprise  A pub proprietor loved some respite from the flooding on Thursday with a fish and chips lunch after being evacuated to a resort when her enterprise was deluged.
Jennifer Alexander is staying on the evacuation centre of the Valley Hotel in Ironbridge after her pub, The Boat Inn, was flooded in close by Jackfield.
Jennifer Alexandra and Alan Cambridge take pleasure in their lunch on the Valley Hotel close to Ironbridge on Thursday after being evacuated

She awakened in the early hours of Sunday to see water was contained in the pub, and advised her husband they needed to depart instantly. 
Ms Alexander stated: ‘At Sunday at 2.40am I awakened and noticed the water was in the pub. I woke my husband up and stated we have to get out now.
‘It’s fairly demanding. We flood often so we have performed this many occasions earlier than. It’s the identical because the floods of 2000. 
‘We have no cash coming in. We thought we had Monday morning to do some final minute preparations. It wasn’t scary as such, simply acceptance that right here we go once more.’
Flooding alongside components of the swollen Severn, which is now at or near all-time excessive ranges, is probably going till at the very least Sunday, the Environment Agency stated. 
A extreme flood warning for the river at Wharfage remained in place on Thursday. 
There are 93 commonplace flood warnings and 134 alerts throughout England. A yellow climate warning of snow and ice was issued for a lot of the Midlands on Thursday morning, together with the River Severn, and components of the South.
Speaking concerning the rain, Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill stated: ‘It’s not simply the snow, there’s going to be a good bit of rainfall combined in with it. It’s not going to be giant quantities, however it might be falling on closely saturated areas.’
Among these staying put in Ironbridge on Thursday was Sarah Morris, 35, who runs Ironbridge Fine Art and final night time slept in the again of her automobile to man her flood pumps.
She stated: ‘We’re making an attempt to cope with it in the easiest way we will. The water has gone down however the Environment Agency are saying it should peak once more so we won’t clear up. 
‘Last night time we slept in the automobile to verify the pumps may preserve going. We’ve seen fairly just a few folks transferring round and we’re involved about our stuff.’
Evacuees from the Wharfage space of Ironbridge have been moved to the city’s Valley Hotel and are in excessive spirits. 
Sean Osborne, 66, has lived on the Wharfage for the final decade and spent final night time in the resort.
His home is straight reverse the flood barrier. He stated: ‘The barrier is tried and examined however like something nobody is aware of what to anticipate. For me it wasn’t scary. I had confidence in the barrier.
‘I went exterior and went as much as the railings and appeared over and noticed the facility of the water, it was wonderful. 
‘If there had been an issue with the barrier it could have been like a tsunami, that will have been the impact.’
Residents in Ironbridge (pictured) had stated they had been nervous about looting however West Mercia Police Chief Superintendent Tom Harding stated: ‘We haven’t acquired any experiences of looting in Ironbridge’

Dozens of fields are seen waterlogged in Twekesbury the place water from the River Severn has flooded into them

An aerial view of Ironbridge, in Shropshire, is seen with flood defences lining some of the river financial institution

Homes are seen flooded by the River Severn in Ironbridge on Thursday

(From left) Jennifer Alexandra, Alan Cambridge and Paul Charlesworth take pleasure in their lunch on the Valley Hotel close to Ironbridge after being evacuated as a result of of flooding from their houses in the close by village of Jackfield, Shropshire

Brooke Evans, 26, (left) owns a hair salon on Dale End near the Wharfage. She has spent shut to 2 weeks sleeping in the salon manning the water pumps. While Jennifer Alexander (proper) has been evacuated and advised how her pub, the Boat Inn, was flooded early on Sunday morning

Gareth Anderson, 50, who lives subsequent to the Wharfage space of the city, has stayed in his dwelling for 2 weeks now and stated on Thursday: ‘I have never left. I do not see the necessity to depart’

Flood boundaries in Ironbridge, Shropshire, are pictured Thursday morning – someday after residents had been advised to go away their houses

Flooded properties are seen beside the River Severn in Ironbridge on Thursday after the river burst its banks in the world

Floode properties in the Shropshire city of Ironbridge on Thursday after momentary flood boundaries had been overwhelmed by water

Flooding in Ironbridge, Shropshire, on Thursday as residents in riverside properties in the world have been advised to go away their houses

Environment Secretary George Eustice speaks with Environment Agency supervisor Chris Bainger and an area resident throughout a go to to Ironbridge in Shropshire on Thursday

Flood boundaries in Ironbridge, Shropshire, had been pictured on Thursday after being pushed again – though they’re nonetheless holding up

The swollen River Severn gushes beneath the Iron Bridge in the Shropshire city on Thursday as residents had been advised to evacuate

Ambulances and police automobiles in Ironbridge, Shropshire, on Thursday after residents in the world had been advised to go away their houses

Emergency providers employees monitor the flooding in Ironbridge on Thursday after momentary flood boundaries had been overwhelmed

Evacuees from the Wharfage space of Ironbridge have been moved to the city’s Valley Hotel (pictured on Thursday)

Environment Secretary George Eustice views a display screen exhibiting drone digicam photos of flood defences in Ironbridge on Thursday

People stand on the Iron Bridge in the Shropshire city on Thursday after residents in riverside properties had been advised to evacuate

‘I used to be fairly glad to remain there and a few of my neighbours had been the identical. I acquired a name at 3am from the Environment Agency after which some calls from the council.
Environment Secretary George Eustice goes to Ironbridge to see flooding for himself… however nonetheless no signal of Boris
Environment Secretary George Eustice visited Ironbridge to see the flooding for himself on Thursday as Boris Johnson continued to face criticism over his failure to go to flood-hit communities.
He spoke with Environment Agency supervisor Chris Bainger and native residents throughout a go to to the Shropshire city on Thursday afternoon, a day after flood boundaries buckled as a result of weight of water in the River Severn
During the go to Mr Eustice stated the Prime Minister had ‘made it clear he wanted me to lead on this’. 
Environment Secretary George Eustice is accompanied by a member of the Environment Agency in Ironbridge on Thursday

Mr Eustice, who has stated the Prime Minister’s presence on the bottom wouldn’t have had made any distinction to the response to the disaster, was proven drone digicam photos of flood defences throughout his journey.
Telford MP Lucy Allan thanked him for visiting Ironbridge on Twitter, writing: ‘It meant loads that you simply had been there.’
It comes after he introduced yesterday that farmers can be paid to sacrifice their farmland when rivers flood, which is able to enable fields to behave as pure defences to guard houses.
Other measures would come with planting extra timber, restoring peat bogs and reintroducing beavers to create pure dams.
He stated that pure defences could be key as local weather change results in elevated flooding. 
But he rejected requires a public inquiry into Government dealing with of the floods, with Mr Johnson dealing with vital criticism for not visiting the affected communities.
‘I had eight calls in complete saying the river would peak imminently. I believed I’d keep so I may monitor what was occurring. I would not drown as a result of I’d go upstairs, that was the calculated danger.
‘But they nonetheless needed folks to go away so I stated would you be glad if I left they usually stated sure. I stated alright then, I’d go if it retains them glad, why ought to I mess issues up? I do not know once we’ll be capable to return.’
Jennifer Alexander, proprietor of the Boat Inn, who has additionally been evacuated, stated: ‘At Sunday at 2.40am I awakened and noticed the water was in the pub. I woke my husband up and stated we have to get out now.
‘It’s fairly demanding. We flood often so we have performed this many occasions earlier than. It’s the identical because the floods of 2000. We have no cash coming in. 
‘We thought we had Monday morning to do some final minute preparations. It wasn’t scary as such, simply acceptance that right here we go once more.’
And Chris Harrison, 47, who owns the Dale End café, stated: ‘I’m offended. We have not completed working the price of this but however on gear alone it is in all probability £6,000 in harm. This is a neighborhood cafe, not a vacationer cafe. People turned up at 3am to assist us.’
Brooke Evans, 26, owns a hair salon on Dale End near the Wharfage. She has spent shut to 2 weeks sleeping in the salon manning the water pumps.
She stated: ‘We’ve survived with folks being in excessive spirits. As a enterprise it has been a bit tough however nobody has died. 
‘If we had left it could have meant nobody would have been right here to man the pumps and get the water out.’
The Environment Agency stated buckled momentary flood defences had been more likely to be inspected – with the prospect of 650ft (200m) of spare barrier gear getting used to realign or reinforce any broken sections.
Speaking at Ironbridge, EA atmosphere supervisor Marc Lidderth stated: ‘They did change into compromised in some components however they’ve stayed collectively and have held the overwhelming majority of that floodwater away from the properties. 
‘To assist with our evaluation of the boundaries we want the water ranges to clearly drop to a sure stage which makes it protected for our operatives. We’re anticipating that to be hopefully Friday.’ 
The River Severn reached its highest ever stage of 5.77m (19ft) on Thursday after one other night time of heavy rain.
Tewkesbury Abbey is seen behind a kids’s playground which is surrounded by water on Thursday

Water from the River Severn and River Avon surrounds Tewkesbury Abbey and different homes 

A playground sits partially submerged in floodwater in Tewkesbury on Thursday because the Gloucestershireas city suffers flooding

Properties again onto floodwater in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, on Thursday because the city continues to face flooding

A playground sits partially submerged in floodwater in Tewkesbury on Thursday as flooding distress continues in England

Swings at a playground sit partially submerged in floodwater in Tewkesbury Thursday afternoon because the city suffers flooding

A automobile sits simply above the floodwater stage in Tewkesbury Thursday afternoon because the city faces a continued flooding danger

Dave Throup, Environment Agency supervisor for Herefordshire and Worcestershire, stated 500 tonnes of water – the equal to 6 HGVs – was flowing by way of the town of Worcester each second.
And Hereford and Worcester Fire Service revealed on Thursday that since Storm Dennis hit on 15 February, their crews had rescued 185 folks, 55 sheep, 19 canine, 10 cats, one pony, one parrot and a snake as a result of of flooding.
The service has additionally assisted 204 folks to go away their houses, experiences the BBC.
Prime Minister hails assist for flood victims however declines to verify go to to affected areas 
Boris Johnson has declined to say whether or not he’ll go to areas the place folks have been made homeless by current floods – whereas he toured the headquarters of a charity for the homeless.
Speaking at The Connection at St Martin’s in central London, the Prime Minister as an alternative centered on how the ‘large challenge’ of flooding ‘presents a chance’ for job creation.
Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures throughout a go to to the Connection homelessness centre in London on Thursday

Mr Johnson has been criticised for failing to go to flood-hit zones in Worcestershire and Shropshire, the place residents have been pressured to evacuate their houses.
Labour chief Jeremy Corbyn has beforehand accused Mr Johnson of being a ‘part-time Prime Minister’ on account of his absence in affected areas.
Speaking on Thursday, Mr Johnson stated: ‘There’s a large challenge about flood defences, and we’ve got put £2.6 billion in and we can be investing one other £four billion.
‘This is one thing that’s completely crucial for our nation to deal with.
‘I feel it additionally presents a chance, as a result of in the entire enterprise of inexperienced expertise flood defences, planting timber, all of the methods in which we’re going to insulate our nation towards flooding, there are alternatives for job creation as nicely.
‘We have a improbable system known as cupboard authorities, and we’ve got been working across the clock since these final floods actually started.
‘This newest spate, to cope with them we mobilised the bell-wind scheme, £5,000 if they’ve suffered specific harm.
‘Businesses get £2,500 to get them again on their ft.’
Housing Minister Robert Jenrick, who visited the homelessness charity alongside the Prime Minister, stated Mr Johnson is ‘very a lot in management’ of the flooding.
Aerial pictures of the town show Worcestershire Country Cricket floor and several other rugby and soccer pitches flooded. 
Only the tops of purpose posts had been seen on a number of pitches close to the Severn illustrating the depth of the water.
Ade Cartwright, 50, and his household had been pressured to go away their dwelling when it turned obvious they might flood once more. 
He stated: ‘My spouse and I left, together with most of the neighbours. The metropolis council have put us up in the Fownes Hotel.
‘We are managing however it’s tough residing in one room collectively, 24 hours a day. Last weekend it got here into the home, fortunately we had been ready, as soon as the water receded we managed to clear it up with just a few buddies inside 4 hours.
‘Now it has occurred once more we’ve got determined to go away. We cannot do something till the degrees drop and I do not envisage that taking place till the weekend.’
The floodwater can also be creeping nearer to houses on a highway the place a big quantity of aged folks dwell. Kim Weston stated she feared for her dad and mom’ wellbeing as water threatened to devour the aged couple’s dwelling.
She stated: ‘The water is dangerously near the properties, it has by no means been this shut earlier than. I’m very involved that my dad and mom’ home will flood. The highway has been closed however automobiles proceed to hurry down it.
‘It is inflicting the water to ripple and splash up the brickwork. I want they might put a correct blockade to cease folks driving by way of the floodwater. It is making issues worse.
‘We have acquired no official recommendation about what to do in this case, I really feel like we’ve got been left to fend for ourselves a bit. It is de facto disappointing.
‘I managed to get maintain of the town council and requested for some sandbags solely to seek out out they do not present them. If we do flood we’ve got no precautions in place. It is a really poor show.’
Worcester City Council stated they didn’t present sandbags as a result of they weren’t efficient in defending towards floods and will change into contaminated by unhygienic floodwater.
A spokesman stated: ‘Our advisable method for flood alleviation is thru alterations to houses resembling elevating flooring and the set up of boundaries.
‘Financial help for these measures is probably accessible by way of the Flood Support Funding scheme.’ 
The M5 crossing the River Avon, with Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire (high left) and the Severn branching off to the appropriate, on Thursday

An aerial view of Upton upon Severn in Worcestershire on Thursday which has been fully surrounded by water

A warning signal is surrounded by water as floodwaters persist in the centre of Worcester on Thursday afternoon

Floodwaters persist in the centre of Worcester metropolis centre on Thursday afternoon after the River Severn burst its banks

A automobile is surrounded by water amid extreme flooding in the town centre of Worcester on Thursday afternoon

Floodwaters persist in the centre of Worcester after the River Severn burst its banks and induced chaos

Floodwaters persist in the centre of Worcester on Thursday, with forecasters predicting extra rain and 70mph winds this weekend

A tree is surrounded by floodwaters in the centre of Worcester Thursday afternoon, with extra extreme climate on the best way

Flood water surrounds Worcester metropolis centre on Thursday as residents in riverside properties in the world have been advised to go away

Flood water surrounds Worcester metropolis centre on Thursday, as residents in riverside properties close to the Severn have been evacuated

Flooding has deluged Worcestershire County Cricket Club after the River Severn burst its banks. The floor is pictured on Thursday

Flood water surrounded Worcester on Thursday as residents in riverside properties in the world have been advised to go away their houses

An aerial view of flooding in Worcester on Thursday the place the River Severn has damaged its banks and induced chaos

A McDonald’s restaurant and purchasing centre had been surrounded by water in Worcester metropolis centre Thursday morning

People in the Midlands have been advised to organize for one more ten days of tough circumstances. Worcester is pictured on Thursday

New Road cricket floor had been left underwater in Worcester on Thursday after the River Severn broke its banks

An aerial view of flooding in Worcester on Thursday after the River Severn burst its banks and induced chaos in the town

An aerial view of flooding in Worcester on Thursday as extreme climate continues to have an effect on components of Britain 

Buildings have been left half-submerged in Worcester with the extreme flooding inflicting chaos across the metropolis

England has acquired greater than 200 per cent of its common February rainfall, in keeping with the EA, with some areas experiencing a month’s value of rain in 24 hours.
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Toby Willison, govt director of operations on the EA, stated: ‘Our operational groups proceed to work night time and day to guard communities alongside the River Severn, which is experiencing report ranges. 
‘River ranges will stay exceptionally excessive on the Severn for a while and communities, in specific Shrewsbury, Bewdley, Bridgnorth and Ironbridge, ought to put together for probably ongoing extreme flooding.’
As the EA stated that flooding is anticipated to proceed into the weekend throughout components of England, Boris Johnson was criticised by Jeremy Corbyn over his ‘silent’ response to flooding throughout the nation.
An aerial view of flooding in Worcester on Thursday morning the place the River Severn has damaged its banks

Homes in components of Worcestershire have been evacuated after water began pouring over defences. Worcester is seen on Thursday

An aerial view of flooding in Worcester on Thursday as folks had been advised to organize for one more ten days of tough circumstances

A McDonald’s in Worcester metropolis centre has been overwhelmed with flooding on Thursday with the native roads additionally underwater

But the Prime Minister stated he was ‘proud’ of the response by ministers following the current storms and defended the Government’s funding in flood defences.  
Speaking at The Connection in London on Thursday, Mr Johnson centered on how the ‘large challenge’ of flooding ‘presents a chance’ for job creation.
He stated: ‘There’s a large challenge about flood defences, and we’ve got put £2.6billion in and we can be investing one other £4billion. This is one thing that’s completely crucial for our nation to deal with.
‘I feel it additionally presents a chance, as a result of in the entire enterprise of inexperienced expertise flood defences, planting timber, all of the methods in which we’re going to insulate our nation towards flooding, there are alternatives for job creation as nicely.’
Operational groups have put up greater than 3.7miles (6km) of momentary flood boundaries throughout the nation and flood defences have protected greater than 34,184 properties over the past week. 
Mr Johnson was accused by Labour chief Mr Corbyn of being a ‘half time Prime Minister’ after failing to go to areas hit by the floods.
However Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick stated such visits had been typically a ‘distraction’ which took away beneficial sources from the emergency providers.
‘He may be very a lot in management of occasions. Over 100 of my constituents had been flooded two weeks in the past. What they’re very involved to see is motion. They need to see extra funding for flood defences,’ he advised Sky News. 
Flood boundaries held again the River Severn at Ironbridge in Shropshire following an emergency evacuation in the city

The River Severn flows beneath the Iron Bridge in the Shropshire city of the identical identify in a single day because the flood danger stays

A hovercraft was dropped at Ironbridge in a single day as flood boundaries held on the city following an emergency evacuation

Flood boundaries held at Ironbridge in a single day after an emergency evacuation befell on the city yesterday

An ambulance command unit and TV satellite tv for pc vehicles at Ironbridge in a single day following the emergency evacuation

‘They are happy that the Government has activated fairly a considerable package deal of monetary help. Those are the actually significant issues which personally I feel are extra vital than the distraction of the Prime Minister turning up in an emergency scenario.’
In the SNOW lane: Up to 4 inches of the white stuff fell in a single day as far south as London threatening chaos on the roads and rails with ’15 breakdowns anticipated each minute’ – and two days of rain to observe
Britons are battling one other day of climate distress after snow fell over giant swathes of the nation and induced journey chaos Thursday morning. 
Four inches of snow fell on excessive floor in a single day, with households as far south as London affected by wintery storms on Thursday. 

Snow falls on Thursday in Stokenchurch, Buckinghamshire

People awoke to their automobiles, gardens and whole streets lined in a carpet of white from the Shetland Islands north of Scotland to the Home Counties.  
Greater Manchester, Leeds, Bradford, the Cotswolds and the Chiltern Hills had been the worst-hit by snow in England, whereas Glasgow acquired a substantial overlaying in Scotland and County Antrim in Northern Ireland.  
A person battles snow in Stokenchurch, Buckinghamshire, on Thursday

Roadside restoration firm Green Flag is bracing itself for 15 weather-related breakdown name outs each minute between Thursday and Sunday, predicting a complete of 85,000 throughout the weekend. 
The snow can be short-lived and switch to rain and sleet by Thursday afternoon, with yellow warnings of one other 2.5 inches of rain in place for the north of England and huge components of Wales on Friday and Saturday. 
Forecasters have issued one other warning for 60mph winds throughout a lot of England, Wales, some components of Scotland and Northern Ireland on each Saturday and Saturday, with 70mph threatening to batter coastal areas. 
Yesterday, raging rivers, swollen by unprecedented rainfall, flooded a number of extra cities. After a dramatic 24 hours, and with additional downpours forecast, many flood victims had been left asking: ‘Will this distress ever finish?’
In Snaith, in East Yorkshire, residents had been helped to security on Tuesday night time when the Aire burst its banks. Then early yesterday, houses in Bewdley, Worcestershire, had been evacuated when water began pouring excessive of momentary defences.
Families and the aged had been rescued by boat. Others had been seen being helped out of home windows because the pace of the flood took everybody unexpectedly.
Hours later, 20 miles additional north, residents in Ironbridge, Shropshire, heard a loud bang adopted by a gushing sound as emergency flood defences that had held out for per week lastly gave approach beneath the sheer weight of water from the Severn.
Police went home to accommodate urging anybody who had remained in the Wharfage space of the city to get out. The Environment Agency warned it was attainable that floods there may attain 6ft deep. 
In one riverside cottage, Elizabeth Maiden, 88, stated: ‘I’ve lived right here for 80 years and it was worse than this in 1947 and 2000. Do I need to be evacuated? No. Where would I am going? I am unable to see any level in leaving.’
In Bewdley, the fast-flowing Severn breached momentary defences on one financial institution, whereas on the opposite the 8ft-high £11million boundaries put in after earlier floods held agency. 
GP David Hegarty, 53, who fled his 17th century cottage along with his spouse and two kids, returned yesterday afternoon to retrieve some belongings and located the bottom ground beneath 2ft of water.
‘We knew two days in the past that the inevitable was going to occur,’ he stated. ‘We put all our valuables upstairs however all issues like sofas and the flooring can be ruined. We dwell by a river and you have to count on some flooding, however not like this.’
Two extreme flood warnings – which means there’s a danger to life – remained in place final night time, at Ironbridge and in Shrewsbury.
There had been an extra 96 flood warnings and 135 flood alerts stretching from the Lake District to the South Coast. The extreme flooding throughout the nation follows report rainfall for February, and additional downpours are forecast. 
Rain will return Friday , with as much as 2.5in forecast in lower than 24 hours and climate warnings for central Wales – the supply of the Severn and Wye rivers – and the Pennines. Further flooding is predicted. 
Rural insurer NFU Mutual estimates it should pay out £36million for insurance coverage claims throughout storms Ciara and Dennis over the previous month. Most of the £20million value of claims for Ciara relate to wind, whereas most of the £16million for Dennis relate to floods. It has had greater than 5,000 claims for each thus far.
To examine, Storm Doris in 2017 noticed £11.5million of payouts, £36million for Storm Desmond in 2015, and £3million for the Yorkshire floods final November. Flood harm averages £20,000 per declare. 
Aviva has seen a 285 per cent surge in calls and claims after the harm brought on by Ciara. In December 2016, Storms Desmond, Eva and Frank hit areas of the UK and value Direct Line as much as £140million in claims.

The Met Office has imposed warnings for rain as we speak (left) and on Saturday (proper) with the warnings on Saturday spanning most of the nation

The flood boundaries subsequent to the River Severn in the Wharfage space of Ironbridge are seen on February 18 (left) and Wednesday (proper) having been pushed again – though they’re nonetheless holding up

An aerial of the River Severn when it’s at regular ranges (left) and the River Severn this week (proper) which is full to bursting

Aerial photos show heavy flooding on the River Severn in Buildwas, close to Telford – in 2019 (left) and Thursday(proper)
Farmers can be paid to sacrifice their farmland when rivers flood, Environment Secretary George Eustice introduced yesterday. This will enable fields to behave as pure defences to guard houses, he stated.
Flood-affected residents in East Yorkshire hit out at lack of help
Flood victims in East Yorkshire have criticised the shortage of assist they’ve acquired from the authorities as their houses and companies had been left submerged by water.
More residents in Snaith had been suggested to evacuate yesterday afternoon as water from the River Aire and surrounding washlands continued to rise.
Rescue employees in flooded Snaith in East Yorkshire this week

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service stated that some 100 houses had been affected by flooding, whereas warnings had been out for an extra 60 properties in close by East Cowick.
Shaunna Caddle stated she had no warning and didn’t have time to save lots of her dwelling, animals and enterprise from the flood.
She stated: ‘We rang the council and the Environment Agency they usually stated nothing, it was unlikely to occur, so we did not have time to maneuver our furnishings, our enterprise is there, we have misplaced animals as a result of we weren’t capable of get them out, we have misplaced every part.’ 
Lisa Deakin stated her father, 76-year-old Stuart Mellard, had acquired no assist from the authorities and was not insured after his dwelling flooded in 2000.
Describing the flood on Tuesday, she stated: ‘It simply got here in and saved coming and saved coming and it is waist-high, possibly a bit deeper than that now inside there.
‘He did not need to come out, he was sat in his slippers, watching his telly, distant in his hand, cup of tea, fireplace on. He did not realise it was going to come back in.’ 
East Riding of Yorkshire Council stated round 20 tonnes of sandbags had been distributed to properties most in danger of flooding.
A spokesman stated council employees will proceed to supply recommendation and help to residents and can be stationed at Snaith Priory Church, which is getting used as a relaxation centre. 
Other measures would come with planting extra timber, restoring peat bogs and reintroducing beavers to create pure dams.
He stated that pure defences could be key as local weather change results in elevated flooding. But he rejected requires a public inquiry into Government dealing with of the floods.
And he defended Boris Johnson towards criticism over his failure to go to flood-hit communities.
The Prime Minister’s presence on the bottom wouldn’t have had made any distinction to the response to the disaster, Mr Eustice stated.
Meanwhile, the chief govt of Shropshire Council has give up in the center of the flooding disaster after the ruling Conservative group voted for him to resign.
Clive Wright stepped down on Wednesday. Sources stated the response to the floods was among the many causes.  
While flooding in England has made headline information, figures launched by the Met Office reveal Falkirk and Stirling to be the wettest areas of the UK as data had been damaged throughout the nation.
Both have seen 15.1in (383.3mm) fall as much as February 24, 225 per cent of the common 6.7in (170.25mm) February rainfall in the areas.
Met Office figures to February 24 show the nation as a complete has already had round double its common rainfall for the month. 
In the West of Scotland, 11.7in (297.3mm) rain fell, 208 per cent of the traditional common for the month, whereas in the East of the nation, there was 7.5in (190.9mm), 212 per cent of the common.
In West Yorkshire, the report was damaged for the area when greater than thrice the common February rain had fallen – 8.3in (210.4mm) in contrast with a median of 2.6in (65.5mm).
Average figures for the UK as a complete show 6.9in (175mm) fell as much as February 24, 199 per cent of the standard quantity and near the report of 7.6in (193.4mm) in 1990.
Heavy rain has come from Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis, with quite a few climate fronts crossing the nation bringing extended downpours.
Oli Claydon, spokesman for the Met Office, stated: ‘It seems data have already been damaged for February rainfall.
‘The very moist circumstances are occurring as a result of the jet stream bringing a conveyor belt of Atlantic low stress methods is sitting proper above us.
‘This just isn’t particularly uncommon in winter, however what’s uncommon this yr is the depth of the rain.’
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Wife of Vladimir Putin ally ‘paid £45,000 for tennis match with Boris Johnson’ at Tory fundraiser ball the PM attended regardless of criticism for failing to go to flood victims

By James Tapsfield, Political Editor For MailOnline 
The spouse of a Vladimir Putin ally paid £45,000 for a tennis match with Boris Johnson at a Tory fundraiser, it was claimed on Thursday.
Lubov Chernukhin, who’s married to billionaire former Russian minister Vladimir, has been named because the donor who shelled out for a spot on courtroom with the PM on the glitzy Black and White Ball on Tuesday night time. 
Mr Johnson has been closely criticised for ‘schmoozing’ on the annual occasion in London regardless of failing to go to any victims of flooding – 12 days after the intense climate began inflicting distress throughout the nation.
He was branded a ‘part-time PM’ in the Commons yesterday and accused of going ‘awol’ throughout final week’s parliamentary recess, which he spent on the Chevening property in Kent. 
Banker Mrs Chernukhin, who’s believed to be a British citizen, gave £200,000 to the Tory election marketing campaign earlier than Christmas, and loved an evening out with Theresa May and 6 feminine Cabinet members in April after donating £135,000 at a fundraiser. 
In 2014 David Cameron confronted questions after Mrs Chernukhin efficiently bid £160,000 at a celebration fundraising dinner to play tennis towards him and Mr Johnson.
The former PM was accused of hypocrisy over the donation, which got here at a time when he was pushing for harder Western sanctions towards Moscow in response to its annexation of Crimea and the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. 
However, the Tories insist all donations are correctly declared and checked.
Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures throughout a go to to the Connection homelessness centre in London on Thursday

Video emerged of the premier on the ball final night time, singing on stage with compere Wynne Evans, star of the Go Compare adverts.
As an awkward-looking Mr Johnson tried the primary line of Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau, the opera singer joked that he had a ‘contact of the John Redwoods’ – a reference to the previous Cabinet minister’s infamous try to recollect the Welsh nationwide anthem.  
Evans then sang ‘Land of My Fathers’, with Mr Johnson giving the normal line ‘Ar hyd y nos’ to applause from the viewers. 
Mr Johnson additionally posed for footage with distinguished Conservative supporters on the occasion. 
An nameless donor paid £60,000 for gold and silver variations of the Brexit Day commemorative coin, and a signed copy of the Withdrawal Agreement.
A flight in a Lancaster Bomber with Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is reported to have fetched £2,000. 
More than 650 folks paid £1,000 a head for tickers to the annual occasion in  Battersea. 
Jeremy Corbyn slammed the premier at PMQs yesterday for spending time elevating money for his get together ‘as an alternative of getting on the market and supporting the people who find themselves struggling’.
Boris Johnson pictured with company on the Black and White Ball in south west London on Tuesday night time

Lubov Chernukhin (pictured circled left, and proper) has donated greater than £1million to the Tories, together with £135,000 to have tea with Theresa might in April final yr as revealed by Liz Truss on Instagram

But Mr Johnson desperately tried to deflect criticism for failing to go to in 12 days for the reason that floods hit, together with final week when he stayed on the Chevening property in Kent throughout the Commons recess, 
He stated he was ‘very proud’ of the federal government’s response, claiming there had been a ‘fixed stream of exercise’ from ministers regardless of him taking a again seat. 
Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick stated on Thursday that visits by senior politicians had been typically a ‘distraction’ which took away beneficial sources from the emergency providers.
‘He (the PM) may be very a lot in management of occasions. Over 100 of my constituents had been flooded two weeks in the past. What they’re very involved to see is motion. They need to see extra funding for flood defences,’ Mr Jenrick advised Sky News.
‘They are happy that the Government has activated fairly a considerable package deal of monetary help.
‘Those are the actually significant issues which personally I feel are extra vital than the distraction of the Prime Minister turning up in an emergency scenario.
‘The position of the Prime Minister is to make sure that the Government is responding successfully to an emergency scenario. That is precisely what he has performed.
‘What the Prime Minister is extra involved about is making certain that the correct response is made by the emergency providers, by native councils and the Environment Agency.
‘He is making certain that his ministers are doing that.’

Jeremy Corbyn taunted Mr Johnson for ‘schmoozing’ on the glitzy Conservative Black & White ball fundraiser (pictured left) ‘as an alternative of getting on the market and supporting the people who find themselves struggling’. A number of different ministers together with Michael Gove (proper) had been additionally current

Video has emerged of Boris Johnson on the glitzy Black and White ball final night time, singing on stage with compere Wynne Evans, star of the Go Compare adverts

Guests on the occasion in Battersea, south west London, on Tuesday night time posted footage of themselves with the PM

Mr Johnson posed for footage with company together with blogger and creator Anne Welsh final night time

Boris Johnson took PMQs in the Commons yesterday after greater than per week in which he has barely spoken a phrase in public

Those attending the occasion in Battersea on Tuesday night time had been handed a observe from the PM thanking them for his or her help 

Flood-hit communities have lashed out on the authorities for its response to the extreme climate circumstances which have blitzed the nation, and criticised the PM for his no-show in struggling areas resembling Yorkshire, South Wales and the South West.
Storm Dennis hit on Saturday February 15, inflicting transport chaos as high-winds cancelled flights and rain lashed the sodden floor.
Just 12 hours later, and after torrential downpours in a single day, numerous components of the nation had been flooded, and 12 days later have nonetheless not been visited by Mr Johnson.
Anger has been rising over the best way the federal government has reacted for the reason that dangerous climate first began three weeks in the past when communities in Yorkshire had been flooded after Storm Ciara, in scenes reminiscent of Boxing Day 2015.
Locals in Bewdley, Worcestershire – the place the Severn has overcome flood defences – expressed anger on the PM yesterday.
Jane Taylor Cohen stated: ‘It’s not good that Boris Johnson hasn’t confirmed up.
‘If he was right here I’d ask him ‘what are you going to do, these folks want you’
‘I feel loads of individuals are going to be offended with him.’ 
Margaret Mansell has lived on the Wharfage for 30 years and was one of the final residents to be evacuated on Thursday. 
She stated: ‘He was very quick to go to Yorkshire when he was after t he election vote up north when there have been floods. Now, there’s been no signal of him. 
‘There’s been no sighting of him in any respect by way of any of the floods however he was very, very seen when he was after votes in Yorkshire and the north. 
‘There’s little or no he can do however now he is acquired his large majority he does not care. 
‘I used to be right here in 2000 when it final flooded. In 2000 it was dangerous and that was when the neighborhood acquired collectively.’ 
A lifesize dinosaur head pokes out of the excessive water in Stourport on Severn which is beneath main flooding after the River Severn burst its banks

A younger woman seems to be out the window of her marooned dwelling in Ironbridge after the River Severn burst it is banks

The premier has come beneath fireplace for failing to go to the scene of flooding throughout England – as an alternative selecting to remain on the opulent Chevening property in Kent (pictured) throughout the parliamentary recess

Ex-veteran Ian Donnelly, 54, stated: ‘Boris ought to pay a go to to the residents or affected communities to show help to these communities, whether or not that is at Ironbridge or Shrewsbury or Worcester, it could be good to see that.’  
Allies insist Mr Johnson’s presence would solely have disrupted efforts by emergency employees to ease the impact of the intense climate.
They have additionally defended his method of delegating the response on floods and Coronavirus to Cabinet ministers, saying it’s a simpler approach of governing than making an attempt to micromanage from No10. 
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