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Update on UK Flooding

Storm Eva brought gales and heavy rain on Christmas Eve, and there was further heavy rain and flooding to north-west England, north Wales and parts of Scotland from 25th to 27th. The most severe storm, Storm Frank, then hit on the 30th December.

Large parts of the country were battered by Storm Frank's heavy rain and gale-force winds, which prompted the most severe "danger to life" flood warnings to be issued for a time. The worst hit areas of England were Yorkshire and the south, with persistent downpours and gusts of 60mph through the week. 

There is also still a lot of damage not yet resolved from Storm Desmond, when Cumbria was hit with the worst floods for two years and heavy rain forced people from their homes.

Storm Frank also hit the Grade-II listed Victorian Birnbeck Pier in Weston-super-Mare in North Somerset, which partially collapsed in the high winds.

Environment Agency deputy chief executive David Rooke says they looking at ways to flood-proof homes as well as traditional defences as the United Kingdom was "moving into a period of unknown extremes".

Although the floodwaters have been receding, across the North, more than 6,700 homes have flooded in the past week. Hundreds of homes are still without power in Yorkshire.

Parts of Shropshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire face a risk of flooding as a result of the River Severn remaining high.

Below are links to the National Flood Forum and the Environment Agency, both of which show places at risk of flooding and offer help and advice to victims and potential victims:

http://www.nationalfloodforum.org.uk/

http://apps.environment-agency.gov.uk/flood/31618.aspx

Lots of councils are also offering support and advice so please check local websites for more information if you would like to help.

Janice Langley, Chair of the NFWI, said:

"We are all thinking of everyone affected by the floods and will do our best to help as much as we can. In the first instance, we are finding out from all the affected federations what help is required in both the short and long term. Once we have all the information, we will contact all federations and let them know how they and their members can help those in the affected areas. In the meantime, the NFWI website has the most up to date information about relief organizations operating in the flooded areas. Everyone affected will remain in our thoughts."