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Homes evacuated and power cuts as Storm Frank hits UK

  • 31 December 2015
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Media captionFootage showed a mobile home smashing into a bridge on the River Dee in Ballater, Aberdeenshire

Storm Frank has battered parts of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland leaving more severe floods in its wake.

Scotland bore the brunt of the bad weather with hundreds of homes evacuated in the Borders towns of Dumfries, Hawick and Peebles.

Hundreds of homes are without power in Yorkshire. Two severe flood warnings are in place in Scotland and dozens of flood warnings remain in place UK-wide.

Experts said the worst of the rain had passed but more flooding was likely.

In Dumfries and Galloway, the River Nith has burst its banks causing flooding in the town of Dumfries. A severe flood warning, indicating danger to life, has been issued for the Whitesands area. The villages of Moffat and Carsphairn have been cut off and fire crews have been rescuing people from properties by boat.

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The River Tweed in Peebles also has a severe flood warning in place and more than 300 homes have been evacuated in Hawick.

Emergency services responded to reports of a missing kayaker on the River Findhorn in Moray, while in south Ayrshire 12 passengers had to be airlifted from a bus stuck in flood water near to Dailly Cemetery.

More than 100 people evacuated from their homes in Ballater in Aberdeenshire are spending the night at Victoria Barracks which are usually used to house security personnel who guard the Queen when she stays at nearby Balmoral Castle.

In Northern Ireland, thousands of homes have experienced power cuts, air passengers were delayed and fallen trees caused problems on the roads.

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Image caption Villages in Dumfries and Galloway have been overwhelmed with the amount of rain
Image caption Side streets in Dumfries were seriously affected from early afternoon
Media captionResidents in Peebles were seen desperately trying to stem the flow of floodwaters

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In other developments:

In Devon, a delivery driver smashed through the window of a car to save the lives of two elderly people trapped in rising floodwater in Sparkwell, Devon.

Meanwhile, in North Yorkshire, soldiers evacuated homes near a bridge in Tadcaster after it collapsed on Tuesday evening, prompting fears of flooding and a possible gas explosion.

The town's 18th-century stone bridge over River Wharf collapsed on Tuesday, causing a nearby gas pipe to rupture.

Richard Sweeting, a member of the town council, said the community was finding it difficult to manage.

"The impact has been absolutely terrible because it's divided Tadcaster east and west. The bridge was the main thoroughfare to connect the whole town. The people in the west cannot get to the medical centre or to our supermarket," he said.

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Media captionRobert Hall looks at efforts to prevent the River Douglas from flooding Croston, Lancashire

In Croston, which was hit by floods on Boxing Day, an RAF Chinook helicopter delivered 400 tonnes of sandbags on Tuesday in a bid to shore up the nearby River Douglas in preparation for Wednesday's storm.

Meanwhile, police in York said it was "extremely disappointing" that thieves had broken into homes submerged in flood water. They said dry goods had reportedly been stolen from outside homes, tools taken from sheds and a back door forced open.

North Yorkshire Police's acting Supt Mark Grange said: "It is impossible to comprehend why anyone would want to bring further suffering to those who are already in a very vulnerable situation."

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Image caption Sir Philip has been on a sunshine break in the Caribbean with his family over Christmas

Environment Agency head Sir Philip Dilley returned to the UK after cutting short his family holiday in Barbados to visit some of the flood-hit communities.

He said he had been "in very close contact" with senior agency staff throughout his Christmas break.

"Everybody can't be everywhere at the same time," he said, when asked about his whereabouts during the floods.

"I think we've been very effective and efficient in what we've been doing. There's obviously some lessons to learn."

On Tuesday, Communities Secretary Greg Clark announced £50m extra funding to help households and businesses affected by flooding in northern England. The government says it has now pledged more than £100m.

Media captionCarl Canty, who lives near Selby, explains how he spent £20,000 building his own flood defence system
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Image caption The RAF has been involved in repairing damaged river banks in the village of Croston in Lancashire ahead of Storm Frank's arrival
Image caption Gas workers check flood-hit businesses in the North Yorkshire market town of Tadcaster

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