Heavy rain and gales as new storm hits

Posted by Warren Fyfe on December 30, 2015 in Warren Fyfe Site
Media captionFootage showed the moment a bridge collapsed in Tadcaster, North Yorkshire

Heavy rain and gales are hitting Northern Ireland and Scotland as Storm Frank brings fears of further flooding.

There are four severe flood warnings, indicating danger to life, and 46 flood warnings, requiring immediate action, in force in England and Wales. Some 38 warnings are in place in Scotland.

Homes were left without power and air passengers delayed in Northern Ireland.

On Tuesday, troops evacuated homes near a North Yorkshire bridge after it collapsed, prompting gas leak fears.

In other developments:

A BBC Weather spokesman said heavy rain would also hit north-west England, south and central Scotland and Wales, warning up to 120mm was possible in some areas.

Gusts reached up to 80mph in the western fringes of Scotland overnight, he said.

Live flood warnings from the Environment Agency and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.

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The number of severe flood warnings in place stands at four – three at Croston in Lancashire, where an RAF Chinook helicopter has been delivering one-tonne sandbags in a bid to try to shore up the nearby River Douglas.

The fourth was issued in response to the collapse of Tadcaster Bridge in North Yorkshire which caused a nearby gas pipe to rupture.

The area around the 18th century stone bridge, over the River Wharfe, was cleared and 12 people were evacuated from their properties.

An Environment Agency spokesman warned “significant flooding” was expected in the area, adding: “The situation is serious and there is a significant risk to life.”

Police in York said it was “extremely disappointing” thieves had targeted homes submerged in flood water.

North Yorkshire Police’s acting Supt Mark Grange said: “It is impossible to comprehend why anyone would want to bring further suffering to those who are already in a very vulnerable situation.”

Media captionCarl Canty, who lives near Selby, explains how he spent £20,000 building his own flood defence system

The Met Office has issued amber weather warnings – meaning “be prepared” – for rain in Strathclyde; Central, Tayside and Fife; Dumfries, Galloway, Lothian and Borders; Grampian; north-west England and Northern Ireland for Wednesday.

There are also yellow weather warnings – meaning “be aware” – for rain for the Highlands Eilean Siar, Wales, north east England, South West England and Yorkshire and Humber.

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The RAF has been involved in repairing damaged river banks in the village of Croston in Lancashire ahead of Storm Frank’s arrival

On Tuesday, Communities Secretary Greg Clark announced on Tuesday £50m extra funding to help households and businesses affected by flooding in northern England. The government says it has now pledged more than £100m towards the crisis.

The head of the Environment Agency, Sir Philip Dilley, is expected back in the UK by Wednesday, cutting short his Christmas holiday in Barbados.

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Soldiers have been deployed to help shore up flood defences in York

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Residents in York are trying to clean up – while simultaneously bracing for more extreme weather

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Despite the bleak outlook, many remain positive in York, say correspondents

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