Fresh downpours and flood alerts create disruption across Britain

Fresh and heavy downpours along with floods create serious disruption across Britain before Christmas, whole southern England is placed under a renewed flood risk.

Roads are already saturated with water due to continuous rain in the South West during the last five days. Floodwaters swamped hundreds of homes and businesses, from the Cornwall’s southern-most areas till the Highlands of Scotland.

South west England and some other places have been under an “amber” weather warning, with up to 30mm of rain still expected to fall by the Met office.

Presently, around 400 flood warnings are in place across the country, with the South Western and Midlands’ residents at extreme risk.

The Environment Agency (EA) told continuous rain will keep many places on flood alert but the persistent rain is expected to ease by Christmas Day.

An EA spokeswoman said: “While the worse of the weather is behind us, the risk of flooding continues with rain falling on already saturated ground.

“As a result, flood warnings and alerts will remain in place for much of the week ahead.

“This is because river levels remain high and sensitive to further rain fall.”

According to the Met Office, Britain has one of its wettest years ever. Year 2012’s average rainfall in U.K. till November is 1,202mm – that made it 13th wettest years since records started to be made in 1910.

Forecasters are of the view that with rain filled December will make this year one among the country’s highest rainfall totals.

Till now year 2000 remains the U.K.’s wettest year, with an average rainfall of 1,337.3mm.

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