Storm Dennis Devastates Homes Amid 'Danger To Life' Warnings And More Rain Expected

Graeme Demianyk
An aerial view of the Welsh village of Crickhowell which has been cut off as the river Usk bursts its banks near the Bridge End Inn.

Larges swathes of the UK were braced for more devastating flooding as thousands were affected by heavy rainfall brought by Storm Dennis.

Officials on Monday revealed more than 400 properties were flooded, with major incidents declared in South Wales, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Shropshire.

Towns near the River Severn have become the government’s “greatest concern” as six severe “danger to life” flood warnings were issued by the Environment Agency.

Residents in Upton upon Severn and Uckinghall, in Worcestershire, are being advised to evacuate, with water levels expected to rise on Monday evening.

Emergency evacuations were also under way in Hereford, where the River Wye reached its highest level on record.

Further heavy rain is forecast in the north of England for Wednesday and Thursday, possibly falling on already flooded areas.

Meanwhile, police have found a body in the search for a missing woman who was swept into flood water in Tenbury, Worcestershire on Sunday.

She has been named by West Mercia Police as 55-year-old Yvonne Booth from Great Barr in Birmingham.

Four others have died as a result of the latest bout of extreme weather.

Flooding from the River Wye in Hereford following Storm Dennis.
A man wades through flood water in Hereford.
A flooded rRver Wye in Hereford.

The aftermath of the storm caused transport disruption on Monday, as train lines and roads were blocked by flooding and fallen trees.

The AA said nationally it had attended more than 400 vehicles stuck in water or mud over the weekend, more than double the number under Storm Ciara a week ago.

In Hereford, residents were advised that flooding could trigger periodic power cuts, and some roads were closed.

Locals in the inundated area around Hereford described “devastating” flood scenes that struck roads, a business park, the railway line and homes.

Greg Smith, who took drone images of the flooding, said: “I’ve never seen anything like this.”

The Environment Agency’s David Throup said the water was at “truly exceptional levels”, adding: “They are the highest levels we’ve ever recorded on the River Wye and those...

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