Storm Dennis is still causing problems, with dozens of people forced to leave their homes overnight due to fears of further flooding in the United Kingdom. More than 400 homes and businesses are under water, with south Wales, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Shropshire among the worst affected regions. Police have warned of an unprecedented emergency in some areas close to the River Severn where defences built after the 2007 floods to withstand a 100-year event could be overwhelmed.
Meanwhile, police have found the body of a woman who was swept away by floodwater when her car became stuck in Worcestershire. The family of 55-year-old Yvonne Booth say they’re devastated, reports BBC.
More rain is expected in parts of the UK later this week, with two yellow Met Office weather warnings issued for north and south Wales for Wednesday evening. How can flooding be stopped? Read more . And how are weather forecasts made? BBC Weather’s Nick Miller explains.
Labour has called on the prime minister to chair a meeting of Cobra – the government’s emergency committee – accusing him of “refusing” to visit affected communities. A Cobra meeting was held when parts of the UK saw flooding in the run-up to the 2019 general election, but the government says one isn’t needed “at this point”.