UK floods: Hundreds evacuated as entire town UNDERWATER – warnings and alerts issued

BBC Weather issues warning for floods across parts of Europe

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Overnight, an evacuation operation was launched in Hawick, Scotland, due to the torrential rain. The rising water levels caused the Teviot river to burst its banks – and police declared a “major incident”. Residents were warned to prepare to flee at short notice amid fears that up to 500 properties could be under threat.

Network Rail closed the railway line between Dumfries and Carlisle last night after two road bridges were washed away on the river Annan, north of the railway.

Meanwhile, there has been chaos after the River Nith, which runs through Dumfries, burst its banks on Thursday.

A local, John Blandford, captured the shocking scenes using a drone as water poured out of the river and into surrounding streets, submerging trees and creeping up buildings. 

The Whitesands area, which is shown in the video, has been closed off by emergency services.


Additional reporting by Steven Brown

One weather warning left in place

There is one weather warning left in place today covering much of Wales and the southwest of England. 

The warning, cautioning heavy rain, will be in place until 9:00am tomorrow morning.

The Met Office warns that there is a risk of localised flooding and severe travel disruptions. 

Trains resuming on the Cumbrian coastline

Rail operator Northern has announced that its services have resumed on the Cumbrian coastline.

Yesterday it told people not to travel on the line because of flooding and bad weather.

People have been urged to allow extra time for their journey

Rain to continue into the weekend, warns forecaster

This weekend will be bright but punctuated with rain, according to the Met Office. 

On Saturday, an area of low pressure will keep conditions unsettled for many with an active front pushing northeasterly through the morning. 

Heavy rain and gusty winds will give way to sunshine, lighter winds and a few showers later in the day. 

Feeling cooler than the past week, temperatures will range between 11 and 14 degrees, getting chiller into the evening. 

On Sunday a deepening area of low pressure with packed isobars brings wet and windy weather. 

A band of heavy rain moves northeasterly across the country leaving sunshine and showers in its wake. 

The Met Office warns it will be very windy for many with gales battering the coast. 

Worst flooding in 70 years in South Lanarkshire

New photos show the damage caused by the deluge of rain which has been battering the UK. 

The River Clyde has burst its banks resulting in the worst flooding in more than 70 years in South Lanarkshire. 

Matthew Wood, 31, took the pictures in and around Biggar, South Lanarkshire.

The HGV driver said he was worried about the extent of the flooding, which he fears may not be over.

He explained that the Biggar Pond had also flooded which was contributing to the huge pools of water.

‘Danger to life’ warning issued after two months’ rain drops in hours

More than two months’ worth of rain has fallen in Cumbria over the past two days, resulting in road closures and evacuation missions.

Around 1,200 properties had to be protected from the rising waters by the Environment Agency overnight. 

And a “danger to life” warning has been put in place by the Met Office.

Flooded road in Dumfries re-opened

Whitesands has been reopened after severe flooding forced authorities to close the area yesterday. 

Chaos broke out on Thursday night after the River Nith, which runs through Dumfries, burst its banks. 

Yellow weather warnings in place across UK

The Met Office has issued multiple yellow weather warnings cautioning rain along western areas of the UK. 

Wales, southwest England, northwest England and southern Scotland will all experience heavy showers throughout the day. 

Heavy rain could lead to localised flooding and travel disruption along badly affected routes. 

People travelling in these conditions have been warned to leave extra time.

Atlantic jet stream heading for Britain

Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern has warned the weekend rain will be coupled with a fog of warm air, pushed across the country by an Atlantic jetstream. 

Mr McGivern said: “It’s not long before another system turns up, carried along by the jetstream.

“You can see two streams with this jet stream, one of them engaging some warm air towards the Iberian peninsula and developing some wet weather systems there and another pushing systems through to the UK.

“There is a chance this initial front moving in for Friday night there’s a chance some of this activity to the south, some of this warm air and the jet stream, could develop it further.”

UK to be drowned in 5 inches of rain this weekend, warns meteorologist

AccuWeather senior meteorologist Tyler Roys warned the UK could be drowned in five inches of rain this weekend, with torrential rainfall forecast for both days.

He told : “Generally, 0.75in (38 mm) to 3in (75mm) of rain will occur Saturday and Sunday across the UK with highest amounts in southern England, Midlands and Wales with the AccuWeather Local StormMax of 5in (125mm).”

Rail line between Dumfries and Carlisle closed until further notice

Network Rail Scotland said the rail line between Dumfries and Carlisle will be closed until further notice after floodwater swept two bridges away near the railway line.

The incident happened after a major incident was declared in Hawick with up to 500 properties feared to be at risk of flooding.

Rain to continue into the afternoon

Rain will continue into the afternoon today, according to BBC Weather. 

However, these showers will be confined to the northeast towards the end of the day as the wind pushes the weather front away from the UK. 

What to do if your area has an active flood alert:

If there is an active flood alert in your area it means flooding is possible and you should take time to prepare in case it is upgraded to a flood warning.

You should prepare a bag that includes essential items such as medicines and insurance documents. 

It is important to monitor the flood alert updates in your area as the situation could escalate rapidly. 

Plan a safe route to higher ground which would avoid areas close to rivers, which are likely to break their banks under torrential rain. 

45 active flood alerts across the UK

There is currently 45 active flood alerts across the UK, the affected areas are: 

Barnstaple, Braunton, Ilfracombe and Combe Martin area

Exmoor Rivers

Lower Exe

Lower River Eden

Lower River Lune and Conder

Lower River Tamar

Lower Taw

Lower Torridge area

Mid Devon Rivers

Middle Exe area

Middle River Tamar

North Cornwall Rivers

North Dartmoor Rivers

North Sea coast at Bridlington

River Arrow in Herefordshire

River Axe

River Dart area

River Lynher

River Plym and Tory Brook

Rivers Brathay, Rothay and Winster

Rivers Clyst and Culm and their tributaries

Rivers Cocker, Marron and Derwent

Rivers Duddon, Crake and Mill Beck

Rivers Ehen, Calder, Irt and Esk

Rivers Esk and Irthing

Rivers Greta, St Johns Beck and Bassenthwaite Lake

Rivers in the Forest of Dean

Rivers Kent and Bela

Rivers Lowther and Eamont

Rivers Otter and Sid, and Exmouth area

Rivers Tavy and Walkham

Rivers Wampool and Ellen

River Teign area

River Tone catchment

River Tweed South Bank

River Wye in Herefordshire

River Yealm

South Devon Rivers

South Somerset Rivers, Upper Reaches

Upper River Derwent, Stonethwaite Beck and Derwent Water

Upper River Lune

Upper River Tamar

Upper Teme

Upper Torridge area

West Somerset Streams

What to do if your area has an active flood warning:

A flood warning means that you must act immediately because flooding is expected in your area and water levels could rise very quickly.

Here’s what the Environment Agency advises if there is a flood warning issued in your area: 

Move your vehicles to higher ground only if it’s safe to do so. 

Move important items upstairs or to a safe place in your property, starting with cherished items and valuables, then furniture and furnishings.

Make sure to turn off the gas, electricity and water supplies if it’s safe to do so; never touch an electrical switch if you’re standing in water.

If you have property protection products such as flood barriers, or air brick covers, use them now and then move your family and pets to safety as quickly as possible.

23 active flood warnings across the UK

There are currently 23 active flood warnings across the UK, the affected areas are: 

Keswick Campsite

River Avon from Didworthy to Aveton Gifford

River Barle from Simonsbath to Brushford, including Withypool

River Clyst from Broadclyst to Clyst St. Mary

River Cocker at Southwaite Bridge

River Dart from Buckfastleigh to Totnes, including Staverton

River Derwent at Workington, Seaton Mill and Barepot

River Ehen at Egremont, Bleach Green, Ennerdale Mill, Bridge End, Vale View, Wood Bank, Rugby Club

River Exe from Tiverton to Exeter, including Bickleigh

River Greta at Keswick, Keswick Campsite, Rugby Club and Quinta

River Leven at Newby Bridge and Backbarrow

River Lew at Gribbleford Bridge and Hatherleigh

River Lyd from Sydenham to Lifton

River Plym from Shaugh Bridge to Riverside Caravan Park

Rivers Cocker and Derwent at Cockermouth, Cricket Ground and Trout Hotel Car Park

River Tamar from Greystone Bridge to Cotehele excluding Calstock

River Tavy from Mary Tavy to Lopwell

River Teign (Lower) from Chudleigh to Kingsteignton

River Thrushel from Hayne Bridge to Lifton

River Torridge (Lower) from Dolton to Bideford, including Taddiport and Weare Giffard

River Yarty from Yarcombe to Axminster

Ullswater and River Eamont at Pooley Bridge, Ullswater Steamer Pier to B5320 Bridge

Windermere (Lake Levels)

Live weather map shows areas worst affected by rainfall

This live weather map, courtesy of, shows the areas most affected by torrential rain. 

Roads closed off as Dumfries floods

The Whitesands area of the Dumfries has now been closed off by emergency services.

Locals were warned not to enter Shakespeare Street and Irish Street. Further road closures were later put in place, on the A709, A712 and A713.

The B725 was also completely blocked after a landslide as heavy rain continued to batter the country.

Police added: “There’s reports of extreme surface water on A75 throughout D&G.

“Please avoid the areas & find alternative routes if having to travel. Allow extra travel time & reduce your speed incase of lying surface water.”

Deluge of rain to continue into November

Lake Windermere, River Lyd, and River lew are just three of the 23 flood warnings issued by the Government as the rain continues to fall.

According to latest WX Charts, up to 116mm of rain is expected to fall on October 31.

With it rising to 131mm by November 2, the latest forecast predicted.

Weather warnings plaster the country

The weather warnings stretch from Manchester all the way through Cumbria and up to Glasgow and Edinburgh.

The warning has also been placed on the whole of Wales, with the Met Office warning the weather may “lead to some disruption due to flooding”.

The South West of England, including Plymouth and Exeter have also been issued the warning, which is expected to last from 3am to 3pm today.

Floods could cause sewage discharges in north-west of England

Data from campaign group Surfers Against Sewage revealed overflows in 14 sites along the coast this week.

Sewage discharges were expected to rise in Cumbria as the local water company dumped waste.

A United Utilities spokesman said: “During storm conditions, when sewers and treatment plants are operating at full capacity, we are permitted to spill excess storm water from combined sewer overflows to help prevent the flooding of streets, homes and businesses.”

Schools closed in Dumfries and Galloway due to water levels

Several schools across Dumfries and Galloway were forced to closed after flooding blocked the roads.

On Thursday night, there were 19 flood warnings in place across Scotland.

14 of which were in the Scottish Borders.

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