Floods: Britain prepares for Storm Frank misery

Flooding hits the UK
Flooding hits the UK

Britain is facing its worst weather of the year today with the possibility of a month’s rainfall in 24 hours as Storm Frank brings 120mph winds and rain from the Atlantic.

The latest downpours will being fresh misery to Cumbria, Lancashire and Yorkshire which are already struggling with previous flooding. More than 6,700 homes have been flooded in the North of the country over the past week.

Record-breaking rain of up to 18.7in was recorded in Westmorland, Cumbria, to December 22 and soldiers were drafted in to evacuate homes amid fears of a gas blast after a bridge in Tadcaster, North Yorkshire collapsed and was washed away by the River Wharfe.

In York, thieves targeted abandoned flood hit homes.

“It is extremely disappointing to see victims of the floods being targeted in this way. It is impossible to comprehend why anyone would want to bring further suffering to those who are already in a very vulnerable situation.” – North Yorkshire Police’s Acting Superintendent Mark Grange

The Environment Agency have warned of danger to life and Floods Minister Rory Stewart said residents faced a “very bad situation” into the New Year, adding “People have barely had a break from this for 3½ weeks.