BRITAIN looks set for further weather chaos with snow, ice and more floods today.
The Environment Agency has issued two ‘danger to life’ flood warnings in Shropshire and a further 103 flood warnings and 147 flood alerts across England and Wales.
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The Environment Agency forecast ongoing flooding during the coming days, with the UK having seen nearly of its average February rainfall.
Some areas experiencing a month’s worth of rain in 24 hours over the weekend.
Low-lying areas along the Severn are forecast to be hit by severe flooding today due to record-breaking river levels.
Flood defences could be breached in Ironbridge, Shropshire, and Bewdley, Worcestershire.
Homes were evacuated yesterday after the River Aire burst its banks in Snaith, in East Yorkshire with social media users posting footage of water pouring over flood banks.
The Environment Agency said: “Groundwater levels across parts of Dorset, Wiltshire, Hampshire and Sussex are continuing to rise and will lead to further flooding later this week.
“As of 12.30pm on Tuesday there are two severe flood warnings for Ironbridge and Shrewsbury, meaning there is an immediate risk to life.”
A further 106 flood warnings, meaning that flooding is expected, and 155 flood alerts, meaning that flooding is possible, are also in place across the country.
Flooding in central Shrewsbury forced the cancellation of train services between the Shropshire town and the West Midlands on Tuesday afternoon.
99 Snow and ice warnings have been issued across the UK today9 Hundreds of flood warnings and flood alerts have also been issuedA spokesman for West Midlands Trains said extremely high water levels under a viaduct close to Shrewsbury station had forced Network Rail to close the line to the West Midlands from 2pm.
Jonny Wiseman, customer experience director for West Midlands Railway, said: “The safety of our customers and staff is of paramount importance and the extremely high water levels in Shropshire have forced Network Rail to shut the railway as a precaution.
“Passengers are advised to check their train before travelling and anyone travelling to or from Shrewsbury will need to allow extra time to complete their journey via road transport.
“We hope that water levels will drop enough for Network Rail to reopen the line by Wednesday morning but passengers are advised to check live travel information before setting out tomorrow.”
The Environment Agency, which has mobilised more than 1,000 staff per day since the start of Storm Dennis, is urging people to check their flood risk and remain prepared to take action.
Caroline Douglass, director of incident management at the Environment Agency, said: “Our thoughts are with all who have been and continue to be affected by the persistent and extreme weather.
“It is devastating to see your home or business flooded, and as the case is for some, be asked to evacuate.
“River levels remain exceptionally high and communities along the River Severn, in particular Shrewsbury, Bewdley, Bridgnorth and Ironbridge, should be ready for potentially severe flooding.
“River levels are also of concern on the lower River Ouse at Cawood.
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“We urge people to stay up to date and listen to the advice of emergency services.”
Ms Douglass added: “We are in our fourth week of exceptional river levels and stormy weather.
“With the effects of climate change, we need to prepare for more frequent periods of extreme weather like this.
“People need to be aware of their flood risk, sign up to flood warnings, make a flood plan and not to drive or walk through floodwater.”
9 River levels reached an unprecedented high in Bewdley, Worcestershire last nightCredit: Alamy Live News9 Danger to life flood warnings have been issued in ShrewsburyCredit: London News Pictures9 Water cascades to street level in ShewsburyCredit: London News Pictures9 Storm clouds over Whitby, North Yorkshire, yesterdayCredit: PA:Press Association