STORM SURGE UK hit by flash floods after Storm Alex brings MONTH’S worth of rain as river bursts its banks in Wales
STORM Alex has battered Britain leaving a trail of destruction and flash-flooding in its wake.
A river in Wales burst its banks after an entire MONTH’S worth of rain fell in some parts of the UK.
There are currently 21 flood warnings and 83 flood alerts in place across the country.
Abergwyngregyn in wales was hit hard today as the river burst its banks.
A road is closed as officials scramble to deal with the incident and one resident reported several sheep have disappeared.
Footage shows the roaring river bubbling over its banks, with plumes of murky brown water jetting dangerously close to homes and gardens.
Meanwhile floodwaters in England have caused road issues and disrupted public transport.
Floodwaters of up to 4ft were recorded in the southeast with London and Essex badly affected.
Somerset saw more than half a foot of rain in the Blackpitts Gate area, and the Met Office issued severe weather warnings for the first time in more than six months.
And Gadebridge Park in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, was also completely submerged today and Saturday following the unrelenting downpours.
Officials could be seen assessing damage as floodwater lapped at front doors and engulfed gardens.
Areas of Northumberland also saw flooding with pictures showing ankle-deep water seeping into frustrated resident’s trousers.
And amber “danger to life” warnings for parts of the West Midlands, west and south-west England and most of Wales have been extended until midday today.
They were due to expire around 6am this morning but continuous heavy rain has sparked fears there could be further disruption caused by rainfall today.
Meanwhile, drivers in West Lothian in Scotland had to be rescued after they became stuck in knee-deep floodwaters.
Pictures show emergency workers helping one man into a bright green dinghy, the entire bottom of his car submerged in chilly waters.
And today hundreds of fitness fanatics braved the miserable conditions to head out on the 40th London Marathon – taking place virtually this year due to coronaviurs.
Runners could be seen sporting soaked cagoules over their gym kits as they pounded the soggy pavements.
A small group of elite athletes including Mo Farrah were allowed to run the course, pounding pavements for more than 19.8 laps in a fenced-off ‘controlled secure biosphere’ around St James’s Park in London.
Twitter users expressed fears some parts of would need to be rerouted due to giant puddles and rising water levels.
And last night boozy Brits were seen enjoying a rainy night out on the town despite the wet weather
Large crowds of people were seen in Leeds, Newcastle, Manchester, London and Liverpool last night.
Despite soaring Covid-19 rates in the North there was little social distancing.
Storm Alex is drenching the UK, with amber weather warnings for rain in place for Wales, the West Midlands, South West England and also parts of Scotland.
It marks the first time that amber warnings have been issued for rain since March.
Yesterday, Meteorologist John Griffiths said: “There’s still a lot of wet weather to get through today and into tonight, so we haven’t really seen the worst of it yet.”
Forecasters ominously predicted yesterday that the “worst is yet to come” from Storm Alex.
Courtesy of thesun.co.uk