UK flood warning map – latest alerts for the East Midlands, South West England and Wales
19th December 2019

BRITAIN has more than 150 flood alerts and warnings in place – with residents told to prepare for travel delays.

So where is it flooding in the UK, which regions currently have flood warnings in place and how can you find out if your town is at risk? Here's the latest.

Where are the latest flood warnings?

The Met Office has issued four days of weather warnings for wind and rain across the south of England and Wales from today through to Sunday.

Large parts of southern England and Wales have been warned to expect heavy rain today, leading to flooding and widespread disruption.

Forecasters have said homes and businesses could be flooded causing damage to some buildings.

The South West of England and South Wales are expected to be particularly affected as some communities become cut off by flooded roads.

Met Office chief meteorologist Paul Gunderson thinks we could see a cold snap just in time for Christmas morning.

He said: "At the moment there are signs for a drier, quieter spell of weather just in time for the Christmas period, with the potential for colder temperatures making things feel a little more festive."

How do you find out if your area is at risk of flooding?

The government's flood warning information service gives an idea of which regions are at risk of flooding.

All information provided, particularly the likelihood of surface water flooding, is a general indicator of an area’s flood risk.

What are the worst floods in recent history?

    • 1947 – Britain was hit by "the perfect storm". Over 100,000 homes were directly affected by flooding and over 750,000 hectares were submerged.
    • 1953 – The North Sea Flood drowned 326 people in the UK at the end of January 1953. Flooding forced 30,000 people to be evacuated from their homes.
    • 1987 – The Great Storm of 1987 led to 18 people losing their lives, with the damage costing over £1billion.
    • 1990 – The Burn's Day Storm hit southern Scotland, causing the death of 47 people. Damage was widespread, with power supplies cut and roads and railways blocked.
    • 2000 – The Met Office called it the "wettest autumn on record". More than 10,000 homes were flooded, with an estimated £1billion worth of damage
    • 2004 – 20 million tonnes of water flowed through Boscastle, Cornwall, wtih 150 people airlifted to safety
    • 2013 – Thousands of people had to be evacuated from their homes after what was considered the stormiest December since 1969
    • 2015/2016 – Storm Desmond hit the Tyne, Lune and Eden, affecting 16,000 properties.

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