Floods In UK: More Than 800 Homes Flooded As Storms Hit

More than 800 homes have been flooded after storms hit parts of England and Wales, the Environment Agency has said.

Floods in UK

More than 800 homes have been flooded after storms hit parts of England and Wales, the Environment Agency has said.

It confirmed that 816 houses have been affected after a band of heavy rain and strong winds swept across the country.

Devon and Cornwall are badly hit, along with Malmesbury in Wiltshire and Kempsey in Worcestershire.

Two people have died in the storm - a woman killed by a falling tree in Exeter and a man whose car crashed into a swollen river in Cambridgeshire.

There are more than 220 flood warnings in place across England, which means people should take action because flooding is expected.

Further rain

Of these, about 58 are in the South West and around 119 in the Midlands.

The Environment Agency has also issued more than 270 flood alerts - indicating people should prepare for possible flooding.

According to its website there is still a medium risk of flooding on Monday in North Yorkshire, Hartlepool and Middlesbrough and in Devon.

Chris Fawkes from the BBC Weather Centre said there had been around 60 mm of rain in the last 24 hours in south-west England.

He said: "A weather front will slowly moving across north England and north Wales Sunday night and Monday, and it's here that we are likely to see some further serious flooding."

In developments around the country:

    In Malmesbury, four people were rescued from their homes after what the mayor called the worst flooding in 70 years.

    In Solihull in the West Midlands, a number of roads have been closed or have become impassable due to flood water.

    In Plymouth, Devon, about 60 people were evacuated due to safety concerns in a dozen locations and there were numerous reports of people being stuck in their cars.

    Ten homes have been evacuated after a large landslide caused by heavy rain in Old Sodbury near Chipping Sodbury in Gloucestershire.

    A 12-month-old baby was rescued from flooding in Oldwick Lane, Blagdon, Somerset on Saturday night, it has emerged. A boat was used by Avon Fire and Rescue to rescue the baby and their family from their stranded car.

    Many roads have been closed due to flooding, particularly across the south west region, and parts of some motorways are closed because of flooding.

    Flooding is affecting many parts of North Yorkshire, with several roads closed across the county. And more than 20 roads in Gloucestershire - including part of the M5 motorway - have been closed because of heavy rain

    Network Rail said trains were likely to be disrupted between Exeter, Taunton and Bristol Temple Meads until Monday.

    First Great Western has warned passengers who were intending to travel between south-west England and London on Sunday or Monday morning not to travel

    Staffordshire fire service says it dealt with a high number of weather-related calls, including around the Stone and Tean areas

    Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service said a number of homes have been affected by flooding, while heavy rain has affected parts of Leicestershire including Charnwood, Blaby and Hinckley and Bosworth.

    Tuesday's all-weather horse racing meeting at Southwell in Nottinghamshire has been abandoned due to rising flood waters.

The man who died in Cambridgeshire was driving a car when it left the road shortly before 17:00 GMT on Saturday and went into a river near Earith.

He was pulled from the water by a member of the public and attended to by a paramedic but was pronounced dead on the way to the hospital.

And Devon and Cornwall Police said the dead woman was seriously injured when a tree fell on it in Western Way at about 23:50 GMT. She died after being taken to hospital in Exeter. Three other people were treated for minor injuries.

As well as the severe flood warning and flood warnings across England and Wales, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Sepa, has two flood alerts in place. There are none in Northern Ireland.

The Met Office has issued an Amber weather warning for 50 to 70 mm of rain by the end of Monday.

A Met Office Amber weather warning has also been issued for north Wales, with 50 to 70 mm of rain expected, locally 90 mm over hills.