Severe flooding has ravaged numerous properties and necessitated evacuations across the United Kingdom (UK) following a sustained period of heavy rainfall. The relentless extreme weather has also led to significant disruptions in travel services throughout the country.
According to the Environment Agency’s latest report on Friday, approximately 1,000 properties in England have been submerged due to the ongoing floods.
In East London’s Hackney Wick, the London Fire Brigade confirmed the evacuation of about 50 individuals after a canal breached its banks on Thursday night.
A critical situation has been declared in Nottinghamshire along the River Trent, prompting authorities to urge residents in high-risk flood zones to prepare for potential evacuations.
The Met Office issued a yellow weather warning earlier this week for persistent heavy rainfall, expected to persist until Friday.
England presently has over 500 flood warnings and alerts in place, a consequence of the prolonged rainfall linked primarily to Storm Henk.
Flooding has also severely affected rail services across Britain, with Great Western Railway warning passengers about reduced or canceled trains due to the floods.
Highlighting the perilous conditions, a lifeboat station along the Thames in London advised boats to avoid the river, especially in the Kingston area where the current is exceptionally fast, measuring twice the speed of the previous Friday and posing a significant hazard.