Body recovered from river as UK reels from storms

2016-01-01 12:27
A man wades through floodwater in Dumfries, Scotland, as another storm is battering flooded areas of Britain. Danny Lawson, AP)

A man wades through floodwater in Dumfries, Scotland, as another storm is battering flooded areas of Britain. Danny Lawson, AP)

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London - The body of a kayaker who went missing during Storm Frank has been recovered from a river as Britain's battle with localised flooding stretched into the New Year.

The body of the man in his 50s was recovered from the River Findhorn in Moray, northeastern Scotland. He got into difficulties on the water around midday on Wednesday.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon visited the town of Newton Stewart in southwest Scotland to see the damage to shops and businesses affected by flooding there.

"The impact is devastating for people...it's absolutely heart-breaking," she said.

"There's a long recovery road ahead for some of the people I've been speaking to."

Flood warnings

Meanwhile Prince Charles, the heir to the throne, and his wife Camilla, visited locals from flood-hit Ballater, which is near Balmoral Castle, the Queen's summer residence.

About 96 people spent the night in a barracks after they were evacuated from their homes.

The Environment Agency for England and Wales had 16 flood warnings in place, meaning flooding was expected and "immediate action required".

In the historic tourist city of York, northern England, the flood barrier on the River Foss, which was knocked down by high water, has been repaired and flooding in the city has receded.

However, the city is being warned to be vigilant as the River Ouse it flows into will remain high over the coming days.

The Met Office national weather service said earlier Britain had experienced its warmest December since records began in 1910, smashing the previous high.

"The UK mean temperature (1-29 December) is a record-breaking 8°C. The previous record was 6.9°C in 1934," it said.

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