Travel misery as floods hit Britain

2012-12-23 22:35
Torrential rain has hammered much of Britain and is showing no signs of abating, with southern and southwestern England the worst affected. (Jon Super, AP)

Torrential rain has hammered much of Britain and is showing no signs of abating, with southern and southwestern England the worst affected. (Jon Super, AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

kalahari.com

London - Heavy flooding across parts of Britain caused widespread road and rail disruption on Sunday, wreaking havoc on Christmas travel plans while rescuers worked to evacuate people from the hardest-hit communities.

Torrential rains lashed parts of Britain last week, causing problems especially in south Wales, southwest England and near Aberdeen in Scotland.

The Environment Agency said rescuers helped residents of 25 flooded homes evacuate after the River Exe burst its banks in Stoke Canon in the southwestern English county of Devon. Homes were also flooded in Stonehaven, near Aberdeen.

In Umberleigh, near Barnstaple in Devon, rescue workers in a lifeboat saved a woman who was clinging to a tree by a flooded river.

She had been swept away while trying to climb onto the roof of her car. Passers-by rescued her husband and son, who had been in the car with her.

In the county of Cornwall, next to Devon, local authorities said at least 170 homes had been affected by floods.

Although the rains slowed a little during the day, more precipitation was expected in the southwest late on Sunday.

"We certainly haven't heard the last of the flooding stories," said Tony Conlan, a forecaster with Meteogroup.

"There is no sign of settled weather on the way for at least the next week."

The bad weather disrupted rail services across Britain, with trains in Devon and Cornwall especially affected.

Flooding on roads caused additional headaches for Christmas commuters.

Read more on:    uk  |  weather
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
2 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Up to 40% off fashion accessories

Save up to 40% on selected handbags, purses, watches, jewellery and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to R2000 on top electronics

Get every day mind bowing savings on top electronics. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

As seen on TV - New book releases at only R199 each

Get mind blowing book savings on new titles. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to 50% on Women’s month treats!

Celebrate the awesome women in your life with awesome treats like beauty products, fashion accessories, bestselling books, electronics and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 60% off - clearance sale!

Save up to 60% on appliances, books, electronics, toys, movies and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Today is a good day to network and share your ideas and thoughts with your colleagues and friends. Information overload is...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.