As it happened: Disruption as flood fears spread

Key points

  • More areas of Britain are facing floods and travel disruption after heavy rain caused chaos in the south-west.
  • County Durham, Teesside, North Yorkshire and the Conwy area of north Wales are among areas expected to be worst affected.
  • There are some 200 flood warnings and 300 flood alerts in England and Wales, and two flood alerts in Scotland.
  • Talks about flood insurance are at "crisis point" and could leave 200,000 homes without cover, says an insurers' body.

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  • Alexis Akwagyiram 
  • Chris Summers 

Last updated 26 November 2012


The scene in Somerset Hay bales surrounded by flood water in a field near Glastonbury, Somerset

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Tennis star Andy Murray's mother, Judy, tweets: "Edinbru-Plymouth train. Guard just said 'at this moment we do not no the final destination of this train'. Magical mystery tour, then?"


BBC Travel News reports disruption to Southern trains between London Victoria and Holmwood in Surrey.

This was apparently due to a landslip between Dorking and Holmwood.

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@Katytmc tweets: "Huntingdon is cut off by #floods. Just took my colleague an hour to get to work when it normally takes 5 minutes driving."

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The RSPCA tweeted: "RSPCA has logged 485 incidents concerning animals in #floods from 22-25th November. Please be #floodaware & follow @EnvAgency advice."


Some residents in villages in the Tewkesbury area of Gloucestershire cut off by flood water have had to decide whether to be rescued or not.

Deputy chief fire officer Geoff Sallis, from the county's fire and rescue service, said people had been given the option of being brought "into safer areas" but most were choosing to stay at home.


Chris Fawkes from the BBC Weather Centre says there has been about 60 mm (2.5 in) of rain in south-west England over the weekend.

He added: "A weather front will slowly move across north England and north Wales on Monday, and it's here that we are likely to see some further serious flooding."


Homes in Sturminster Marshall, in Dorset, were protected by a flood barrier around the village.

Resident Holly White said: "The road has turned to a river and the village green is a lake.

"Our main concern would be if the flood barrier doesn't hold - we don't need any more rain."