Britain faces even more misery after the Dennis storm. Weather forecasts in parts of Wales predict another two inches of rain within 24 hours.
Large parts of Wales are hit by more stormy showers on Wednesday and Thursday after thousands were evacuated from their flood-hit homes over the weekend.
The devastating effects of the floods can be seen in shocking aerial photographs from the Powys village of Crickhowell after the Usk River blew up its banks. A serious incident was reported yesterday in Wales after a terrible landslide in Tylorstown, Rhondda Cynon Taf.
York and the market town of St Ives in Cambridgeshire are also almost completely submerged after the River Ouse was flooded. The River Wye is the highest ever, which has created more chaos in Herefordshire.
A fifth person is believed to be dead in bad weather after West Mercia police announced the operation to the woman in Tenbury, Worcestershire. In view of the "circumstances of the long time in the water" it is now a "recovery, not a salvation".
There are currently 462 flood warnings from the environmental agency, including six "Danger to Life" warnings. Two inches of rain are expected to fall later this week.
Before and after: The devastating effects of the floods can be seen in shocking aerial photos from the Powys village of Crickhowell after the Usk River blew up its banks
Shocking drone images show the devastating extent of the flooding of the Welsh village of Crickhowell after the Usk flood
The River Ouse burst its banks over the weekend, leaving the market town of St Ives in Cambridgeshire under water
Wind and rain will subside this week, but flooding is expected in the coming days, the environmental agency warned
A Met Office weather warning for ice and snow over the Grampians in Scotland was also issued tonight between 6pm and 11pm on Tuesday.
On Wednesday and Thursday, yellow warnings of wind and rain also apply to North and South Wales.
Two miraculous families escape after the automatic brakes on their Tesla Model X cars prevented them from being crushed to death by a falling tree during Storm Dennis
Two families had escaped a miracle when the automatic brakes on their Tesla cars prevented them from being crushed to death by a falling tree in Storm Dennis
Financial advisor Laurence Sanderson drove through Dorset in his Model X electric sedan for £ 86,000 when the giant oak was blown up near the village of Sturminster Marshall on February 15th.
Pictured: Laurence Sanderson's car
The 400-year-old tree landed on its hood and avoided the roof when the car suddenly stopped.
Mr. Sanderson of Brentwood, Essex said that he and his family would have been "toast" without the automatic brakes.
Remarkably, the car that drove in the opposite direction was another Tesla, and the cutting-edge technology also worked on time.
The stormy showers are expected to continue throughout Monday and Tuesday, with the western areas being the hardest hit by England, Scotland and Wales. There will be snow, hail and thunder in higher areas in the Scottish highlands.
On Wednesday morning, rain and increasingly strong winds from the west will appear across the UK.
In Wales and the north west of England, it will rain continuously and heavily overnight, and on Thursday there will be another front that will bring heavy downpours.
Chief meteorologist Andy Page said: “It will continue to rain on Wednesday evening and it is likely that this will last longer over plateaus and may become difficult. For example, in parts of South Wales there is a chance of 60 mm of rain falling within 24 hours.
"Because the soil is already saturated, there is a possibility of further flooding. The public should review their flood risk and keep up to date with the flood warnings from Natural Resources Wales, SEPA, NI Direct and the Environment Agency."
Fear of a fifth storm Dennis' death comes after West Mercia police said she was rescuing a woman rescued from floods in Tenbury, Worcestershire due to the length of time in the city as a "recovery operation" treats water and other conditions. & # 39;
Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service said he pulled a man out of the Teme River at Eastham Bridge on Sunday morning, with no female accident reported at 4 p.m.
A man in his sixties died on Sunday after being pulled from the River Tawe near the Trebanos Rugby Club in Wales. However, Dyfed-Powys police said his death was not related to the bad weather.
A 42-year-old mountain hiker was found dead after hiking in the Scottish highlands on Sunday.
The police were brought to Stob Ban, a 328-foot Munro on the south side of Glen Nevis, northwest of Kinlochleven, Highlands, at around 1 p.m. on Sunday. However, he was pronounced dead at the scene.
The bodies of two men were pulled out of rough seas off Kent on Saturday when Britain was hit by a storm for the second straight weekend.
There is concern for a man named Leon Ford, 32, of Guildford, Surrey, who has not been seen since about 2 a.m. on Saturday.
Police are also looking for a 36-year-old woman who disappeared from a nightclub in the early morning hours of Sunday and is believed to have run into the sea in Brighton.
The Prime Minister faces a backlash after it became known that he has no plans to visit any of the areas affected by the floods.
Boris Johnson currently resides on an estate in Chevening, Sevenoaks while Parliament is on a break.
No COBRA meeting is planned, although the new environment minister George Eustice insists that the ministers have the situation “under control”.
A terrible moment when a strong gust of wind hits a wall in London
A wall was thrown to the ground after being hit by Storm Dennis' storm winds when it hit London.
The footage shows trees swaying at 120 km / h on February 16 at around 2 a.m. in front of a property in Elephant and Castle, London.
A wall in front of a property in Elephant and Castle, London, was knocked over by violent windstorms during Storm Dennis
Within a few seconds, a wall crashes onto the sidewalk and lets stones fly over the partially empty street.
The grille of the wall has been pulled off from above and can be seen near a parked car and motorbikes.
Moments later, the clip shows the consequences of the incident with the doorstep of a property and the pavement covered with crumbled bricks.
Shadow Poll Secretary Luke Pollard said it was a "shame" that Mr. Johnson "refused" to visit affected communities.
62-year-old museum worker Robin Williams from Pontypridd, South Wales, hit the government back and said, "Where's Boris? Where's the help? & # 39;
Robin and his wife Tracey 55 had only moved into their home a year ago.
Tracey, who works in a nursing home, said: “We haven't been here long and many of our things were new. I asked the council for sandbags, but they said you had to wait for the water to come in for what it was.
“We had no help and nobody was here from the council. You are overwhelmed.
"It was a freak flood and nothing was done to stop it."
49-year-old roommate Tracey Waites is also upset about the lack of help from politicians.
She said, "We didn't see anyone. No politicians help down here. Where are they?
“We haven't seen anyone from the government or the council. We haven't heard from anyone. & # 39;
Tracey Waits and husband Marc, 52, described how they were desperately trying to get their things up when the tide arrived.
Marc said: “Fortunately our daughter was awake when it started and she alarmed us.
“We were just trying to regulate our insurance because we couldn't reach anyone on the weekend.
Â € œWe saw a car bounce around in the water outside and thought it might get through our front wall. Our car was towed because it was caught in all the water. & # 39;
Tracey said, “When the water came in, we started passing our things up the stairs.
“We managed to save my daughter's school classes and some photos because they can't be replaced. It is so terrible and I can't believe it happened. & # 39;
Aerial photos show the magnitude of the floods in Hereford, Herefordshire, on Monday after the nearby river blew up its banks at the weekend
A baby is rescued from the flooded homes in Hereford today after the water level at Old Wye Bridge has reached dangerous heights
Lifeboats are helping residents whose homes in Hereford, Herefordshire were flooded this morning
Shirley Collyer, 83, is depicted in a good mood when she is evacuated from her Hereford house on Monday after a mass flood
83-year-old Ms. Collyer had to be brought to safety on a dinghy after her home in Hereford was flooded
Colin, 78, went outside to try poking through the drain, but floods burst through the drain.
He said, "The water came up the path, so I tried to push the drain to clean it.
"I noticed that the water rose through the drain and then everything came through the front and back of our house."
With tears, he added: “We actually saved very little. It will take a long time to resolve this. & # 39;
It was so flooded in a park in Hereford this morning that these two men had to canoe through the flood
A man leans out of the window to speak to the Sky News reporter after being detained on the top floor of his Hereford home due to devastating flooding
Neighbors who were not affected on Berw Road in Pontypridd offered to do laundry and make cups of tea.
In the Yorkshire Calder Valley, local authorities have requested that their region receive the same additional funds as London to combat terrorism so that they have the best chance of limiting flood damage.
Storm Dennis was described as "life threatening" in South Wales, where the Met Office had a red warning until 11 a.m.
Forecasters said winds above 80 mph were recorded in parts of the country, with the top speed being 91 mph in Aberdaron, North Wales on Saturday.
In the 48 hours from Friday to Sunday morning, a total of 156.2 mm of rain fell at the Crai Reservoir in Powys. The average monthly rainfall for February in Wales is 111.1 mm, the Met Office added.
Severe flood warnings have been issued for the Neath and Taff Rivers and the Teme River further north.
A plump York resident posted a “Do one Dennis” sign to prevent water from getting into his home in the city
The River Ouse is pictured at a record level in York, where flood control has to struggle under pressure
It shows how water is pumped out of central York after the River Ouse has blown up and caused chaos
A row house is pictured with sandbags on the front door in York after being flooded
Social media images show the taff blowing up its banks and flooding parts of Pontypridd as rescuers use boats to keep families safe after further flooding in nearby Nantgarw.
Police at Gwent said that residents of Skenfrith, Monmouthshire, were advised to evacuate due to the flooding.
Flocks of sheep, horses and pets also had to be rescued after falling victim to parts of Wales' Storm Dennis.
Specialized RSPCA emergency teams rescued sheep and horses in Carmarthenshire, bringing more than 40 sheep from Newcastle Emlyn to safety.
In nearby Llandeilo, only one sheep from a flock of 25 people was rescued alive from a flooded field.
People empty buckets of water from the front of a flooded property after the River Wye in Ross-on-Wye blew up its banks
The Ship Inn in Acaster Malbis, near York, is inaccessible after being flooded during Dennis's storm
Sheep had to be rescued in Newcastle Emlyn, Carmarthenshire, southwest Wales after flooded fields restricted them to a tiny patch of grass
Traffic crosses the Teston Bridge on Monday as the flood near Yalding in Kent rises after the Dennis storm
Two young women circle the flood waters of the Wey River by clinging to the railing in central Guildford, Surrey on Monday
A woman on Monday in Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire, brushes water from the shop front of Mary Stone Properties that has been damaged by flooding
A water rescue team also helped 22 sheep caught by flooding in a field in St. Asaph, Denbighshire.
The officials checked the condition of the ewes – all heavy in the lamb – and decided not to try to save them.
Inspector Anthony Joynes said: “We brought the 20 sheep hay and fed them locally. Since the sheep were all heavy in the lamb and it would have been such a tricky step to get them out of the flood, we decided to leave them where they were.
“When the floods returned and the farmer was on hand to monitor them, we felt that they would stay safer on site. Had we tried to save them, they would have been startled and would likely have fled into the water where they might have drowned.
"We will return tomorrow to check on the sheep again."
Rescue operations have started today in Hereford, evacuating hundreds of homes.
Churches and leisure centers have opened their doors to accommodate evacuated residents as the Wye River continues to be warned of severe flooding.
People walk on the old bridge in Hereford while the water of the swollen River Wye fills the arches beneath it
An EU flag in a garden in Hereford is depicted almost entirely under water after the River Wye reached a record high on Monday
A rescue worker helps a resident on a boat to safety after Storm Dennis in Hereford on Monday
Hereford was also hit by floods Monday morning after the river level at the Old Wye Bridge had risen dangerously high
A playground in the cathedral city of Hereford is half covered by overwhelming rainwater on Monday
Two women had to flee their house through a window in Hereford after the River Wye was flooded
Cars got stranded in the middle of Hereford after the water level rose in the middle of Storm Dennis
A camera team waded through the flooded water after the River Wye in Hereford blew up its banks
John Curtin, EA's Executive Director of Flood and Coastal Risk Management, tweeted that despite the heaviest rain, there is still "a living incident as water flows through the larger rivers," with Hereford being "the most worrying".
David Throup, EA manager for Herefordshire and Worcestershire, tweeted that the River Wye was the highest ever measured.
He said the floods at Tenbury Wells in Worcestershire are slowly declining and describes a "terrible sight with lots of flooded homes and shops."
In one area of the city, streets are said to have been submerged in 6 feet of flooding, said Laura Yarwood.
Flooded fields are pictured on Monday after Storm Dennis near Marden, Herefordshire
Aerial photographs show Hereford being overwhelmed by flooding after the River Wye reached its highest level in history
Pictures show the devastating effects of the floods in Lower Bullingham, Hereford, on Monday
Flooded fields intervene in homes in Hereford, Herefordshire, one of the areas most affected by Storm Dennis
The 32-year-old kindergarten owner evacuated her house in nearby Bodenham on Saturday due to flood warnings and said the village had been "completely cut off" since then.
"I think most of the villages in Hereford have been cut off and I think there have been some evacuations. It's just crazy.
"It's the worst thing anyone has ever seen in Hereford, and the fact that communities are evacuated is outrageous."
Ms. Yarwood closed her kindergarten in Thorn Business Park on Monday morning after water began to clog the entrance to the industrial area.
Aerial photographs showed extensive flooding in the park, on the railway line and in the surrounding houses.
Rescue workers are pictured on Brighton Beach after a 36-year-old woman disappeared from a nightclub on Sunday
Police are also looking for a 36-year-old woman who disappeared from a nightclub in the early morning hours of Sunday and is believed to have run into the sea in Brighton
A bus can be seen on Monday on the A443 near Lindridge, Worcestershire, in the flood of the River Teme
A car is shown today that was washed away during the floods in Nantgarw, South Wales. There, the residents return to their homes to examine and repair the damage after the Dennis storm
The garden of Virginia Davis in South Wales, which was destroyed in the storm Dennis floods this weekend
The UK is facing another day of widespread flooding and travel chaos as Storm Dennis continues to hit the country with storm winds and heavy rain (shown on the right are wind warnings issued today by the Met Office).
For the Grampians in Scotland there is a weather warning on Tuesday (left), for North and South Wales two more for rain and wind on Wednesday and Thursday
In der Zwischenzeit sammeln lokale Unternehmen in Südwales Spenden für Menschen, die alles verloren haben, und es wurden mehr als ein Dutzend Online-Spendenaufrufe gestartet, mit denen in weniger als 24 Stunden fast 30.000 GBP gesammelt wurden.
Der Rugby-Club Well von Taff öffnete seine Türen, um heiße Duschen, Essen und Trinken anzubieten. Seitdem ist er jedoch eine Sammelstelle für wichtige Dinge wie Toilettenartikel und Bettwäsche.
Eine örtliche Baufirma gab auch eine große Menge Sand für Bewohner ab, die in Treorchy und Pentre Sandsäcke brauchten.
Die Bewohner brachten Schaufeln und Bürsten mit, um Hochwasser und Schlamm von einer Straße in Treorchy zu entfernen.
In York wurden spezielle Gehwege errichtet, da sich die Stadt auf noch mehr Regen vorbereitet, nachdem der Fluss Ouse seine Ufer gesprengt hat
Ein Auto ist in York mehrere Fuß tief im Hochwasser gestrandet, nachdem der Fluss Ouse während des Sturms seine Ufer gesprengt hat
Das Stadtzentrum von York ist unter Wasser abgebildet, nachdem der Fluss Ouse am Wochenende trotz Hochwasserschutz seine Ufer gesprengt hat
Ein anderes Fahrzeug ist in Hochwasser in York ausgesetzt, wo Verteidigungsanlagen vorhanden sind, um weitere Sturmschäden zu verhindern
Ein Schulmädchen war in ihrem Schlafzimmer in Hanham, Bristol, als gestern während Storm Dennis ein Baum durch ihr Fenster krachte, sie wegen kleinerer Verletzungen behandelt wurde und vier Personen aus dem Block evakuiert wurden
Feuerwehrleute und der Rettungsdienst wurden zu einem Wohnblock in Hanham, Bristol, gebracht, als ein Baum von stürmischen Winden entwurzelt wurde und durch ein Fenster schlug
Am Wochenende wurden Armeeangehörige eingesetzt, um Menschen in Teilen von West Yorkshire zu helfen, die bereits während des Sturms Ciara von Überschwemmungen schwer getroffen worden waren.
Die Passagiere saßen 14 Stunden lang auf der Isle of Wight-Autofähre inmitten von Storm Dennis
Mehr als 100 Passagiere saßen 14 Stunden über Nacht auf einer Autofähre fest, da das Boot aufgrund von Storm Dennis das Dock nicht verlassen konnte.
Das Meer war so unruhig, dass die Red Funnel-Fähre ihre 45-minütige Überfahrt von Southampton, Hants, zur Isle of Wight nicht schaffen konnte.
With Southampton to East Cowes boats from 7.30pm on Saturday night prevented from sailing, passengers instead spent more than 14 hours on board being looked after by ferry staff.
It finally began its journey across the Solent at 9.15am on Sunday.
The passengers finally arrived in East Cowes shortly after 10am on Sunday.
The Environment Agency said water levels on the River Ouse in York are set to peak on Tuesday afternoon, but at levels below those seen during the widespread flooding in the city in 2015 and 2000.
A spokesman said: 'Our forecasts are currently showing the River Ouse in York will reach 4.8m on the morning of Tuesday February 18 and is likely to remain at or around this level for a couple of days afterwards.
'At this level, we expect there may be further properties flooded in York.'
Many homes flooded in 2015 when the Foss Barrier – which stops floodwater from the River Ouse washing up the smaller River Foss – had to be left open when the mechanism was inundated.
The barrier, which has been closed for Storm Dennis, has been upgraded over the last five years.
City of York Council leader Keith Aspden said: 'We've deployed over 4,000 sandbags across the city and over 200 one-tonne sandbags to help the residents in the most at-risk locations.
'York is very much open for business and as we move into half-term week, we're encouraging everyone to visit our fantastic city, which always has much to offer.'
The Ouse bursting its banks has also left the market town of St Ives in Cambridgeshire blighted by flood water.
Commuters were warned of mass disruption, with delays expected on roads, railways and ferries, while flights are also likely to suffer from last-minute cancellations.
Roads and railways were flooded on Sunday after torrential downpours and high winds caused by the second storm in just over a week.
A young man empties a bucket of water from a shop in Crickhowell, Wales, which was almost completely underwater after Storm Dennis battered Powys
The clear up after the storm: A fireman adjusts a hose in front of a house with a visible mark on its wall of where the flood level reached while Storm Dennis raged in Crickhowell, south Wales
Pictures show the chaos inside The Bridge End Inn in Crickhowell, Wales, after floodwater savaged homes and businesses
Pub owner Howard Baker stands outside his flood-hit pub, the Bridge End Inn in Crickhowell, Powys, Wales, one of the worst -hit areas in the UK
Nantgarw resident Rachel Cox is pictured in her kitchen, where she was forced to move everything after the floods hit
The Village Kitchen Baguette and Sandwich Shop in Nantgarw, South Wales, is pictured with staff outside trying to salvage furniture almost ruined by the floods
Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford (centre) and Member of the Welsh Assembly for Pontypridd, Mick Antoniw (right), with resident Caroline Jones inspecting flood damage at her house in Oxford Street, Nantgarw, in south Wales
Janette Cox, 68, holding up her wedding photo from 1971 of her late husband Bill, who died nine years ago. She saved it after her other possessions were ruins when floods hit her home in Nantgarw, South Wales
Staff members cleaning outside the Celtic Flooring store, which has been damaged by floodwater in Nantgarw, South Wales
Lee Griffiths throwing out laminate flooring after flooding damaged his house in Nantgarw, South Wales
Storm Dennis caused a third day of chaos across Britain's transport network.
More than 90 flights at Heathrow were cancelled on Monday due to the knock-on effect of what the airport described as a 'technical issue'.
This came after hundreds of flights were cancelled at airports across the UK due to the bad weather on Saturday and Sunday.
Motorists continued to face treacherous driving conditions on Monday, with roads flooded around the country.
RAC Breakdown spokesman Rod Dennis warned that the impact of Storm Dennis 'will be felt by drivers for some time yet'.
He said: 'Aside from the current road closures, with so many flood warnings still in force, there is a very real risk more roads will be affected by flooding over the next few days.
'It's vital drivers take no risks – if they can't be sure the water is shallow enough to safely drive through, turning around and finding another route is always the best option.'
The AA was called out to rescue more than 400 vehicles stuck in water or mud over the weekend, which was more than double the total when Storm Ciara hit one week earlier. Flooding and fallen trees caused chaos to train services on Monday.
CrossCountry, Great Western Railway, Northern, South Western Railway, Southern, Thameslink and Transport for Wales were among the operators with delays and cancellations.
Trains from Swindon towards Bristol Parkway were unable to run. No services could operate through Mitcham Junction in south London as the electric third rail was switched off due to flooding.
Rotherham Central station was closed until at least Tuesday due to flooding.
A fault with the signalling system in the Welwyn Garden City area also caused major disruption between Stevenage and London King's Cross.
A Network Rail spokesman said: 'Just as with Storm Ciara last weekend, Storm Dennis has had a significant impact on the railway.
'The heavy rainfall, combined with already waterlogged ground conditions, has led to flooding in a number of areas across the network.
'Our engineers have been working in extremely difficult conditions throughout Sunday and overnight to clear the tracks and keep passengers moving.
'The majority of services are now running as scheduled, but we do still urge anyone travelling over the next couple of days to check before they travel at www.nationalrailenquiries.co.uk.'
Nearly one in five British Airways flights due to arrive at Heathrow on Monday were cancelled as the airline recovered from the airport's systems failure which led to long queues and handwritten flight information being displayed on whiteboards on Sunday.
At least 61 arrivals and 33 departures were grounded on Monday. British Airways is the largest airline at Heathrow.
More than 100 flights by several airlines were cancelled at the airport on Sunday, due to a combination of the technical glitch and Storm Dennis.
A British Airways spokeswoman said: 'The technical issue with Heathrow Airport's systems has now been resolved but, after 10 hours of disruption across all terminals, we do expect to see a knock-on effect to today's short-haul schedule.
'We've introduced a flexible booking policy and have brought in extra colleagues to help our customers get on their way as smoothly as possible.'
A Heathrow spokesman said: 'Following yesterday's technical issue, Heathrow's systems are stable and the airport is operating as normal. We apologise for the inconvenience this caused our passengers.'
The water-damaged interior of a Mini car in Nantgarw, in south Wales. there are 54 flood warnings in Wales today, as police declared a major incident
Nantgarw, in south Wales, where residents are returning to their homes to survey and repair the damage in the aftermath of Storm Dennis
RAF veteran, 96, saves his World War II medals as he and his daughter, 59, are rescued by boat after Storm Dennis flooded his home
An RAF veteran managed to save his Second World War medals before being rescued from his flood-hit home after it was savaged by Storm Dennis.
Gordon Churchill awoke on his 96th birthday to find the first floor of his home in Nantgarw, South Wales, underwater after the nearby River Taff burst its banks.
Gordon and his daughter Carolyn Churchill, 59, were rescued by officials in a boat but had to leave everything but his medals behind.
Ms Churchill said: 'The only thing I've managed to save is his medals from the war. It's ruined. Everything. I've lost everything. At the time I just grabbed every towel, blanket I could find and pushed them up against the front door.
'We'd already got sandbags there because sometimes the front floods a small amount with the drains.
'But as we were blocking up the front door, it was all pouring through the back door as well and there was nothing we could do.'
'Aside from the current road closures, with so many flood warnings still in force there is a very real risk more roads will be affected by flooding over the next few days.
'It's vital drivers take no risks – if they can't be sure the water is shallow enough to safely drive through, turning around and finding another route is always the best option.'
Experts have warned that climate change is driving more heavy rainfall in winter storms and increasing the risk of flooding for which the UK is 'clearly' not ready.
Research has shown that the conditions in a previous winter storm, Desmond in 2015, which brought very heavy rain to parts of the UK and caused widespread flooding, were made 40 per cent more likely due to climate change.
In the wake of the latest storms, Dr Michael Byrne, lecturer in climate science at the University of St Andrews and research fellow at the University of Oxford, said more water in the atmosphere is 'an entirely inevitable consequence of climate change'.
'When you warm the planet, the atmosphere holds more water. In many parts of the world, including the UK, rising temperatures go hand in hand with more rain,' he said.
He said the jury is still out on whether climate change will strengthen or weaken the high winds in storms such as Ciara and Dennis, but 'when the storms come there will be more rain associated with them'.
'These storms are nothing new, going back 100 years, but, because we are now more than 1C warmer as a whole versus pre-industrial times, every degree means 7 per cent more water in the atmosphere and more rain in these heavy rain events.
'When they come, they bring more rain, 100 per cent for certain, because of climate change.'
RAF veteran Gordon Churchill, 96, managed to save his Second World War medals before being rescued from his flood-hit home in Nantgarw, South Wales, after it was savaged by Storm Dennis
If temperatures rise by 3C, which is what efforts to cut emissions already outlined by countries currently put the world on track for, storms could be bringing around 20 per cent more rain than they would without climate change.
'It would put a huge strain on flood defences if that were to happen,' said Dr Byrne.
Hannah Cloke, professor of hydrology at the University of Reading, said: 'These types of events are most likely a taster of what is to come and we should be paying very close attention to that.'
And she warned: 'Clearly, we are not ready for them. We've always seen these big floods but we do keep seeing these records being broken, it's very concerning.'
She said more people are living in areas at risk, and there is a need to think about how the landscape is managed.
It is not just down to more hard flood defences, she said, urging: 'We should be using the whole toolkit of things to prepare for floods.'
They include looking after soil so it can soak up water and does not run off the land to block watercourses, using uplands to catch water, diverting it on to fields upstream of settlements, and putting in 'leaky dams' made of wood in streams to slow the water's flow down to the towns.
She also warned against building on flood plains, and said that, where it is absolutely necessary, better, joined-up planning is needed to protect homes from floods.
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