UK weather: Life-threatening flooding expected to hit parts of England and Scotland

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VSAccording to the service, communities could be cut off by flooded roads and face power cuts.

“These are exceptional precipitation totals for even the wettest part of the UK, which is Cumbria on average, and for the wettest part of the year,” Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern said in a forecast video.

The Environment Agency has issued four flood warnings, meaning flooding is expected, as well as 15 flood alerts, meaning flooding is possible, with the number expected to increase dramatically as the rain falls overnight.

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Ben Lukey, head of floods in the government department, said: “A heavy and persistent band of slow moving rain could cause surface and river flooding and disrupt movement in communities in Cumbria and parts of northern l ‘England from today (Wednesday) to Friday and Saturday.

“Working with our partners in local resilience forums, Environment Agency teams have been on the ground to clean up waste gates and screens and are ready to operate flood defenses if necessary. .

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“They are also ready to support local authorities in their response to surface water flooding.

“We urge residents and visitors, especially vacationers in the Lake District, to stay alert and check their flood risk by signing up for free flood alerts on the Gov.uk website and via @ EnvAgency on Twitter, which has the latest updates. “

The Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service said residents should “be alert to the dangers of flooding.”

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“Never enter flood waters on foot or in a vehicle. Call 999 if life is in danger – we’re here to help,” the service tweeted.

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