This is the dramatic moment a town’s flood defences are breached after Storm Christoph brought a month’s worth of rain in less than 48 hours, leaving Britons still reeling from the devastating deluge as the Met Office now warns that some areas could see up to four inches of snow fall today.
Pictures captured by a local at Beales Corner in Bewdley, Worcestershire, shows water from the Severn pouring through the barriers during the early hours of this morning.
Hereford and Worcester water rescue teams were also seen saving a man and his two dogs, Poppy and Eddie, from the flood water in Bewdley. The river level is expected to peak at 5.53m, just shy of the record set in November 2000 at 5.56m.
Meanwhile, police begged people not to drive to Devon and Cornwall today, warning that snow and ice is likely to turn roads across Dartmoor and other exposed spots into death traps.
Wintry showers were possible across most of the country overnight and into this morning, except areas close to the east coast.
Up to four inches of snow was forecast for high ground, although most areas were likely to see an inch at most. And the snow is set to continue tomorrow across the South and Midlands after a mostly cold, dry and sunny day.
Forecasters said cold conditions should remain until Tuesday, when milder, wetter weather is set to return. That could ‘compound’ the existing flooding issues with melting snow adding to the water levels.
Footage captured the dramatic moment that flood defences failed at Bewdley, Worcestershire, during the early hours of this morning. The clip was captured on camera by a local resident
Hereford and Worcester water rescue teams save a man and his two dogs, Poppy and Eddie, from the flood water at Bewdley as the Severn breached floor barriers this morning. Another dog, Malcom, peered over a flood barrier at his home on Beales Corner with the water lapping below
Residents in the small North Warwickshire village of New Arley woke up to a cold and snowy day this morning as the rain turned into snow overnight
People pictured riding on bicycles through Wimbledon Common, which was covered in heavy frost today on a cold freezing morning with sub-zero temperatures
The M6 in Lancaster is down to one lane due to snow. Weather warnings for floods, snow and ice have been put in place across Britain due to the conditions
The Met Office said the UK is set to be hit by more wintry weather as Storm Christoph moves away to the East, with a yellow weather warning for ice and snow already in place across most of Britain
Dramatic aerial pictures today revealed the shocking extent of flooding in Bewdley after flood barriers were breached overnight leaving homes and businesses under water.
Floodwater started gushing over the barriers in the Worcestershire town ‘like a tidal wave’ as the River Severn rose to near-record levels. The temporary defences were installed earlier this week in a bid to protect homes and business in the aftermath of Storm Christoph.
But the full impact of the swelling river arrived early this morning as barriers on Beales Corner were breached and water spilled into nearby properties. River levels are now expected to be similar to those of the February 2020 floods, which were the worst to hit the area in 20 years.
The river was expected to peak at 5.5 metres (18ft) in Bewdley with the water level expected to stay high for several days. Flood warnings remain in place along the length of the River Severn including at Bewdley, Blackstone and Stourport.
Aerial view of flooding along the river Severn at Bewdley where despite the efforts by the environment agency, one side of the flood defences have been overtopped as storm Christoph continues to wreak havoc
Residents in some areas along the River Severn were earlier advised there could be flooding into today, with some levels peaking at heights similar to the February washout last year. Pictured, flooding at Bewdley
As flood defences were topped at the River Severn teams attempted to bring the situation under control
In Worcester, at-risk householders are being contacted by the city council and offered rest-centre accommodation. Pictured, the River Severn at Bewdley
Houses were flooded as the River Severn burst its banks in the aftermath of heavy rainfall over the last week
A bridge shows the extent of the rising water level in Bewdley after the River Severn burst its banks this morning
Police in Hyde Park this morning as walkers wrap up in coats to keep out the winter chill as temperatures plummet
Cyclists in the snow pass through the ‘Seven Arched Bridge’ in the Rivington Terraced Gardens this morning
People take their daily exercise in Greenwich Park, south east London this morning as parts of the country were hit by snow
Snow falls in Smithills, Bolton, Lancashire, this morning. Come the new week the snow will once again give way to more rain, with Environment Secretary George Eustice saying it gives cause for concern at the potential for further flooding
People enjoy the sunny, cold start to the day in Hyde Park, today as an intense lockdown continues in Britain
A runner is pictured in the snow in Smithills, Bolton, Lancashire, this morning. Chris Tubbs, deputy chief forecaster at the Met Office, said wet weather is likely to return from the middle of next week
Councillor Simon Geraghty, of Worcestershire County Council, said: ‘We recognise the impact that Storm Christoph and the subsequent flooding has had, and will continue to have, on residents, businesses and local communities across the county.
‘The recent rainfall that we’ve seen, has led to some areas of the county being flooded in a matter of weeks.
‘I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our front-line staff and the emergency services teams who are working tirelessly to keep the residents of Worcestershire as safe as possible.
‘This has been made even more difficult given the challenging and rapidly developing situation in addition to dealing with an emergency during a pandemic and in national lockdown.’
Residents in some areas along the River Severn were earlier advised there could be flooding into today, with some levels peaking at heights similar to the February washout last year.
In Worcester, at-risk householders are being contacted by the city council and offered rest-centre accommodation.
Met Office chief forecaster Steve Willington said cold air from Iceland and the Arctic will bring with it ‘a mix of wintry hazards across the UK’.
He said: ‘In clearer conditions, overnight ice will remain a hazard, while a band of snow is likely to bring falls of 1-3cm quite widely across central areas of the UK, particularly the Cotswolds and higher ground in the East Midlands on Sunday.
So far, around 400 homes have been flooded as the result of Storm Christoph, the Environment Agency said yesterday, with Britons in northern and central England urged to prepare for further flooding over the weekend due to ‘exceptionally high’ river levels.
Come the new week the snow will once again give way to more rain, with Environment Secretary George Eustice saying it gives cause for concern at the potential for further flooding.
The breached flood barriers at Bewdley pictured early this morning. Residents in some areas along the River Severn were earlier advised there could be flooding today, with some levels peaking at heights similar to the February washout last year
With Brits right across the country still reeling from the devastating floods caused by the rampaging Storm Christoph, the Met Office are now warning that some areas could see up to four inches of snow thanks to plunging temperatures across the weekend. Pictured: A bus drives slowly through the snow in Soliull last night
Snow has already fallen in some parts of the country. This row of parked cars are already covered as temperatures begin to fall going into the weekend
A man braves the low weekend temperatures as he goes for a walk in the snow last night in the West Midlands. As much as four inches of snow is expected to fall in parts of the country over the weekend with temperatures set to plunge
So far, around 400 homes have been flooded as the result of Storm Christoph, the Environment Agency said yesterday. Pictured: Peter Morley mops the floor of his home in Sankey Bridges, Warrington, after it was flooded on Thursday
Pictured: Snow in Melrose, Scotland ahead of wintry conditions which are set to bring four inches across parts of the UK
Firefighters pull a dinghy along floodwater in Knutsford, Cheshire yesterday as they help in evacuation efforts after the storm
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather alert for wintry conditions across swathes of the UK, with up to four inches of snow forecast in parts of Northern Ireland, Scotland and northern England from 4pm. Pictured: Business owner Charles Rose begins to clean up his store following the devastation caused by Storm Christoph
Met Office chief forecaster Steve Willington said cold air from Iceland and the Arctic will bring with it ‘a mix of wintry hazards across the UK’. Pictured: Fields in Holt, Wrexham, Wales, are left completely flooded after Storm Christoph passed through the area
Around 400 homes have been flooded as the result of Storm Christoph, the Environment Agency said today, with Britons in northern and central England urged to prepare for further flooding over the weekend due to ‘exceptionally high’ river levels. Pictured: Ironbridge today
Pictured: Cars are engulfed by flooding in Shrewsbury after Storm Christoph devastated parts of Britain
One severe flood alert remains in place in England yesterday afternoon, with experts warning flooding could pose a significant risk to life at the River Dee in Cheshire. There are also 138 flood warnings, where flooding is expected, and 123 flood alerts, where it is possible. Pictured: Northwich, Cheshire
Among the victims of Storm Christoph are George and Amal Clooney. The garden of their 17th-century, Grade II-listed mansion (pictured) in Sonning, Berkshire was yesterday flooded by the burst banks of the nearby River Thames
Shropshire Fire and Rescue evacuate two people and a small French Bulldog from the top window of a house next to the swollen River Severn in Ironbridge
Speaking yesterday he said: ‘The thing that concerns us most is that late next week we are expecting more rainfall, that falls on wet, soggy ground.
‘It is possible that we therefore could have some additional challenges in a week’s time.’
Chris Tubbs, deputy chief forecaster at the Met Office, said wet weather is likely to return from the middle of next week.
He said: ‘Once the certainty increases about which areas are most likely to be affected by potentially heavy rain, we may need to issue further warnings, especially if next week’s rainfall is likely to compound the impacts from this week.’
The Environment Agency has warned of ‘exceptionally high river levels’ following days of heavy rainfall in the wake of Storm Christoph, with hundreds of properties across the country flooded.
Care home residents were among those evacuated in several areas across the North West, while, in Wales, a helicopter crew rescued a family trapped in their home due to fast-flowing floodwater.
A man looks at the flood water from behind a flood barrier at a taxi rank in York on Friday morning
Flooded roads around Carringtonn greeted the high flying Manchester United stars as they arrived for training yesterday morning
The outline of a 400-year-old English Civil War fort in Earith, Cambridgeshire, has been highlighted after heavy rain and flooding filled a moat around the earthworks
A house belonging to Vic Haddock is surrounded by floodwater from the River Severn in Ironbridge, Shropshire, on Friday morning
Homes in Hereford, Herefordshire, turned into islands with a man pulling a boat seen here visiting on property in the city yesterday morning
Dirty water flows down a street in York with a sign half submerged warning about flooding in the area on Friday morning
The River Ouse in York burst its banks and sent water teaming through the historic city in Yorkshire. This picture was taken on Friday morning
RSPCA officers rescue a dog called Pepper in Warrington after floods forced around 100 people to evacuate
A man and child walk through the remaining flood water outside the shops in the town centre Northwich, Cheshire, on Friday morning
The Boathouse from where Vic Haddock operates his canoe hire and bed and breakfast business is surrounded by floodwater from the River Severn in Ironbridge, Shropshire,yesterday
Workmen clearing floodwater from the village of in Northwich, Cheshire, in the aftermath of Storm Christoph on Friday morning
Two people are helped through the floodwater as one takes a picture on his phone by a man wearing a hi-vis jacket in Hereford yesterday
An elderly resident makes his way through flood waters wearing wellington boots in Bangor-on-Dee in Wales on Friday morning
River levels around Ironbridge in Shropshire were expected to peak at around 6.8m overnight.
In Bewdley, Worcestershire, the peak was expected early on Saturday, at a ‘slightly lower’ level than February 2020, according to Dave Throup from the Environment Agency.
The snow comes after families returned nervously to their homes yesterday to discover what damage Storm Christoph had done as flooding continued to bring misery to thousands.
The clean-up began in parts of Cheshire, Wales and Yorkshire, where a month’s rain fell in less than 48 hours, causing rivers to burst their banks this week.
But while some were mopping up, others in Shropshire and Herefordshire were waking up to newly flooded streets and homes as the Severn and Wye overflowed.
Water levels rose there a day or so after the North as the effects of the heavy rainfall worked its way further downstream.
Residents, some of whom were evacuated, told of their despair that they had not long finished repairs following Storm Dennis last February.
A shop owner begins to clean up as floodwater begins to recede from the town of Northwich, Cheshire, in the aftermath of Storm Christoph yesterday
Part of the racecourse in Knavesmire in York has been submerged in floodwater on Friday as a dog and his walker stroll the deluge
A shop display is left in disarray as floodwater begins to recede from the town of Northwich, Cheshire, on Friday morning
Vehicles remain stranded in the early morning sun by the River Dee just outside Bangor-on-Dee in Wales on Friday morning
Flooding in York is pictured in this photograph taken on Friday morning after the River Ouse bursts its banks
A man uses a JCB to move a sandbag along the Wharfage next to the River Severn in Ironbridge, Shropshire, with a property in the background surrounded by floodwater
The Environment Agency pump away water as floodwater begins to recede from the town of Northwich, Cheshire, yesterday morning
Farmers take to the water in a small boat with a dog at the helm as they survey the flood water in Tirley, Gloucestershire, on Friday
Council workers and environmental health workers work on clearing away water which flooded the centre of Northwich in Cheshire
Two council workers smile for a photograph as they stand in flood water before working to clear it in Northwich, Cheshire
The teams of council workers are doing their best to pump away the huge quantity of flld water after the River Weaver burst its banks in Cheshire
The chilly weather will continue into the weekend, when temperatures could drop to minus 10C overnight in localised parts of Scotland, and could dip as low as minus seven in parts of England, Mr Snell said. Pictured: Northwich yesterday
Dave Throup, Environment Agency manager for Herefordshire and Worcestershire, tweeted: ‘Sadly our flood defence at Beales Corner were compromised overnight. We’re responding on site with partners. Other defences at Bewdley all ok.’
Irene Buxton, 70, who lives close to the defences told the BBC she was woken by a ‘crash’ as the barriers collapsed last night. She said: ‘I looked out of the window and it was like a tidal wave going towards the town. The water is in my hall and in my kitchen and we’re just battling to keep it out of the living room.’
The Severn had been rising steeply since Storm Christoph brought heavy rain at the start of the week and started spilling over its banks from Wednesday.
In Worcester, at-risk householders are being contacted by the city council and offered rest-centre accommodation. This weekend the wet conditions will be replaced by freezing temperatures, prompting a yellow weather warning for snow and ice across the Midlands and much of the UK.
The Environment Agency said 139 flood warnings remained in place across England yesterday, including a severe warning on the Dee between the town of Holt, North Wales, and the Cheshire village of Farndon. Aerial pictures taken on the Welsh side showed the scale of the flooding.
In Northwich, Cheshire, hair salon owner Charles Rose mopped the flooded floor of his hairdressers, which he only recently opened with his partner.
Around 20 miles away in Warrington, Catherine Myall, 39, said not enough was being done to protect homes.
‘Everything’s been destroyed – the couches, fridge freezer, washing machine, children’s toys,’ she said.
A woman in wellington boots walks through flood water in York as she assesses the damage done to her area by the flooding
Businesses such as Holland and Barrett and Vision Express put sand bags in their doorways in a bid to keep out the flooding in Northwich, Cheshire, yesterday
York city centre remains under flood water with paths and roads closed off to the public due to wet weather across the country
Left: Water gushes out of hose pipes in York as people pump the flooding out of their buildings. Right: A flood warning sign in the city
A pub is submerged up to the first floor in York city centre on a street where most businesses have been affected by the flooding
‘The lack of action frustrates me, it really does. You may as well talk to a brick wall. Every time it rains, flooding is a worry.
‘We’ve only just had re-plastering and electrical work done from the last time we were flooded, last year.’
Elsewhere in the town, Peter Morley mopped the downstairs of his house after it was flooded on Thursday and Woody Woodfine cleared out the wrecked ground floor of his semi-detached home.
‘We’ve been here eight years and the house has been flooded five times,’ Mr Woodfine, 55, said.
‘The authorities have allegedly invested £260,000 in a brand new pumping station,’ he added, but it was not due to be operational until April.
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