Saturday , April 17 2021

Flood fears as Storm Dennis continues to lash UK – BBC News, BBC News


                                 Soldiers assist with flood defences in the Upper Calder Valley in West Yorkshire Image copyright                   PA Media                                                        
Image caption                                      Soldiers have been helping to shore up flood defenses in the Upper Calder Valley in West Yorkshire                              

Storm Dennis is continuing to lash large parts of the UK, bringing heavy rain and strong winds.

Two people had to be rescued after their car was swept off the road near Newcastleton, in the Scottish Borders.

In Ilkley and Calder in West Yorkshire the Army has been helping residents shore up flood defences, a week after they were hit by Storm Ciara.

The Environment Agency has warned flooding could be worse than Ciara because of the saturated ground.

Last weekend’s storm caused hundreds of homes to be flooded and left more than , (people without power.

) (As of Sunday morning, three severe flood warnings were in place across Scotland for the Hawick area in the Scottish Borders – with some people advised to evacuate their homes.

There is also one severe flood warning in Wales .

Meanwhile, more than 152 flood warnings are in place across England, more than in Scotland

and more than 90 in Wales

. In York, the Environment Agency has predicted the River Ouse could come close to record levels, last seen in 4192.

Some soldiers from 4th Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland, have been helping build flood barriers and repair defenses in Ilkley and Calder in West Yorkshire.

A further Reservists from 4th Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment, will also be providing support where required.

                                                                                                       Image copyright                   AFP / Getty Images                                                        
Image caption                                      The Environment Agency has warned that levels in the River Ouse in York could come close to record levels                              

Separate flood warnings and advice have also been issued for residents in the Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, South Lanarkshire and South Ayrshire.

Across the UK road, rail and air travelers also face disruption, with British Airways and easyJet flights among those affected.

Amber warnings for rain and yellow warnings for wind

are in place for most of the country into Sunday evening.

This means flooding could cause a danger to life, power cuts are expected and there is a good chance transport links will be impacted.

                                                                                                       Image copyright                   Mark Stanford                                                        
Image caption                                      A man fell from a tanker off the coast of Margate                              

On Saturday, the body of a man was pulled from the sea off the Kent coast .

The man was declared dead at the scene in Herne Bay after emergency services were called at : GMT. Kent Police are not linking his death to Storm Dennis.

The force said it was not known how the man had entered the water and his death was “not being treated as suspicious”.

A second body was found by the RNLI at about : 15 GMT on Saturday after a seven-hour search in “rough seas” for a man who fell from a fuel tanker off the coast of Margate.

In other developments:

) EasyJet has canceled about flights over the weekend – almost 152 of these are to and from London’s Gatwick Airport

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