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Published on Feb 5, 2014


“Devastating” weather in south-west England has seen people evacuated from damaged homes and trapped in cars, boats sunk and railway lines closed.

In Dawlish, Devon, 20 people were evacuated from homes and the sea wall under the main rail line collapsed.

A number of properties in Kingsand in Cornwall were evacuated after it became swamped by huge waves.

Widespread flooding has been reported across the region and councillors said damage would cost millions to repair.

Police in Kingsand said they had to evacuate houses that had been damaged by stones being washed ashore, which smashed windows.

BBC Radio Cornwall reporter Johnny O’Shea said: “The level of damage in the village is quite extraordinary.

“Windows have been smashed, doors are lying in the road. The sand is several inches deep along the road.”

“An emergency evacuation centre has been set up in the village as people try to deal with the devastation caused by this storm.”

Cornwall Council’s leader John Pollard says the cost of the storm damage “is rising to £10m as we speak”.

Flooding has been reported in Newlyn, St Mawes Perranporth, Looe, Kingsand, Cawsand, Plymouth, Torcross, Dawlish and Exmouth.

In Porthleven, six boats sank as the outer harbour was breached.

In Millendreath, the coastguard said up to 40 holiday homes have been flooded with about half being occupied.

Fire crews have rescued an elderly disabled man from his home and taken him to another property in the village.

Two people were rescued from a vehicle trapped in flood water in Marine Parade, Dawlish, at about 21:20 GMT. Their conditions are unknown.

Mike Gallop, from Network Rail, said it had been a “real horrendous night around Dawlish”.

Up to 150ft (46m) of railway track has been destroyed and Dawlish station has also been damaged, Network Rail added.

The main Exeter to Newton Abbot railway line has been closed.

The Labour MP for Exeter, Ben Bradshaw has called for the government to look at moving part of the line inland.

Winds of up to 92mph (148km/h) were reported in the Isles of Scilly, while Devon and Cornwall Police received 300 emergency calls overnight.

Network Rail engineers said about 98ft (30m) of sea wall in Dawlish had been washed away by the waves.

Martin Weiler, from the Environment Agency, said: “We’ve had a horrendous night with a ferocious cocktail of elements coming together to batter the south Devon coast.

“These are very unusual conditions. Keep well clear, respect water, and have a personal flood plan.

“There’s no doubt that Dawlish has been in the eye of the storm.”

County councillor John Clatworthy said: “I have lived here [Dawlish] for 44 years and I’ve never known an event like this.”

In Topsham, Thomas Burdick said: “Last night you could see people walking down the Strand and the water was up to their waists – a good half metre to a metre deep.”

In Porthleven, Michelle Powell, from the Horse and Jockey Bakery, said: “This morning in the harbour it is rough. I have never seen it as bad as this in 50 years.”

BBC Spotlight reporter Philippa Mina said: “Porthleven’s outer harbour has been breached which means the inner harbour is now at risk.”

BBC Radio Cornwall’s Donna Birrell said: It’s a desperate situation – teams of men are trying to haul boats out of the water to rescue them.

“There are at least 40 boats at risk – six have sunk already and the sea is thick with debris, including big pieces of granite, driftwood and buoys.”

Assistant Chief Constable Paul Netherton, from Devon and Cornwall Police, said: “In Kingsand we had to evacuate 20 people whose houses were being damaged by stones being washed ashore, and going through windows.

“We really want people to be careful driving around this morning. It has been a real challenge. We had to bring in extra staff just to answer the calls.”

On Tuesday evening, about 15,000 households were without power because of high winds and stormy weather. More than 9,600 homes remain cut off across the South West.

Hugh Griffiths, from the highways control centre at Devon County Council, said: “I think the south Devon coast is the worst affected with trees down or the roads breaking up.”

Overnight, damage estimated to cost thousands of pounds to repair was caused to animal enclosures at the Monkey Sanctuary in Looe.

Published on Feb 4, 2014

February 3, 2014

Three people have died in floods in Italy after a weekend of torrential rain and storms had caused flooding across much of the country. Further severe weather is expected over the next 2 days.


Around 75mm of rain fell in a 24 hour period in central Sicily between 1 February and 2 February.

Three people died after flood water from an overflowing river engulfed their car in Noto, province of Siracusa, Sicily. Four occupants of the car were able to escape. Three other, including a seven year old girl, were unable to get out and drowned. The tragedy happened on Sunday 2 February 2014.

In a separate incident, two occupants of a vehicle needed to be rescued by helicopter after their car was swept away by flood waters.


Rome saw around 63mm of rain fall in a 24 hour period between 2 February and 3 February. The levels of the River Tiber are causing concern for the emergency services, particularly north of the city at Prima Porta, Castelnuovo and Capena, as well to the south in Acilia, Casalpalocco and Fiumicino.

Several roads and metro stations were closed and debris from a landslide and flood caused a train to derail between Rome and Viterbo. There was also a landslide in the town of Capena near Rome.

The emergency services say that around 80 families have been evacuated and as many as 200 interventions were carried out by the emergency services overnight between 1 and 2 February. Some of the worst affected areas include Piana del Sole, Ostia Antica, and parts of the north of the city. Some people also had to be rescued from rooftops of buildings after they became stranded.


A landslide caused by heavy rain and floods in Cerenzia, province of Crotone, Calabria, has left 21 families homeless.


The city of Pisa has been partly flooded and according to officials the Arno River has reached levels unseen over the last 20 years. Emergency workers are erecting flood defences and reinforcing banks in the hope they can avoid further flooding in the city.

In Florence, levels of the river Arno were also reported to be at a 20-year high, although there has been no flooding in the city as yet. However, some small towns outside Florence have been inundated, causing the local authorities to close schools in the area. Also in Tuscany, flood waters destroyed a section of a medieval wall in the town of Volterra.

Italy has suffered from flooding throughout much of November and December last year. Parts of northern Italy were hit by flooding on 20 January 2014.

Floods have swept across the UK once again after a weekend of heavy rain, high tides and storms, causing damage in Scotland, Wales and England.  There are currently 2 severe flood warnings and 70 flood warnings for England and Wales, and 15 for Scotland.

Further rainfall is expected, especially from around Wednesday this week, with Wales and parts of flood stricken south west England most likely to be affects. The coming severe weather will be a result of a storm heading in from the Atlantic, most likely to hit areas of Ireland and the united Kingdom on Wednesday 5 February 2014.


Heavy rain, high tides and stormy weather left parts of Wales enduring further flooding. Sunday’s high tide flooded Aberystwyth on the Ceredigion coast for the second time this year.

In Newgale, Pembrokeshire, 10 bus passengers has to be rescued the vehicle was stranded in flood water caused by huge waves.


At the time of writing, the Scottish environment agency SEPA had issued 15 flood warnings and 14 alerts in place across much of the west of Scotland, Tayside, Fife and Aberdeenshire. SEPA urged public to remain vigilant, especially around coastal areas. The warnings follow some flooding that struck in the Scottish Western Isles. Again a combination of strong winds and high tides was the main cause of flooding. The town of Stornoway on Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. Elsewhere in Scotland, roads have been flooded in Dumfries and Galloway, causing traffic disruptions.



Somerset suffered yet further flooding over the weekend after the River Parrett burst its banks at Burrowbridge due to the high tide. Currently the Environment Agency are running pumps 24 hours a day to drain water from the Somerset Levels.

The situation there is now so dire that armed forces personnel are on stand-by to help villages in Somerset cut off by the floods.

Parts of Somerset, especially the Somerset Levels, have been submerged since early January, some in fact since December last year. To get an idea of how widsepread and severe the flooding has been there, see the video clip below.

In Surrey, the River Mole once again burst its banks – this is the third time in five weeks leaving the centre of Leatherhead under water. The Mole also broke its banks at Cobham, Stoke D’Abernon and Mickleham.

Cumbria’s west coast suffered from tidal floods which have left huge amounts of debris in their wake. Roads were blocked and emergency and maintenance services worked to clear the debris. At the time of writing, the Dubmill Point to Silloth road is still closed due to concerns about structural damage.

Heavy rain over the weekend had increased levels and flow of the River Severn in Worcester. One man had to be rescued from the river after he had fallen in.

Heavy rain in Botley resulted in a landslide that blocked a railway line between Fareham and Eastleigh. Train services have been suspended at least until Wednesday.

Torrential downpours and almost continuous rainfall on waterlogged ground is leading to extensive flooding across the Shropshire plain. Roads, footpaths and fields were under water in the area.

West Kent suffered more flooding over the weekend after heavy rain. Tenterden was the worst affected area.

Epping Forest, an area just to the north east of London, suffered from severe flooding, leaving many vehicles trapped on Saturday 1 February 2014.
The town of Ongar also suffered some flooding, leaving some roads blocked. Levels on the upper River Roding are rising rapidly after the heavy rainfall over the weekend.

Coastal areas of Cornwall have suffered flooding as a result of high tides, huge waves and strong winds. Looe, Tresillian and Penryn have all been flooded.

Published on Feb 3, 2014

Tides of over four metres and strong winds ensured some spectacular waves along the seafront in Exmouth on February 3 and nearby roads resembled rivers as the sea water flooded along them.

In similar circumstances to many parts of the United Kingdom, storms, heavy rain, high tides and strong winds brought flooding to various parts of Ireland. Coastla areas have been particularly vulnerable. Power outages have also been affecting some of the flooded areas.

The counties of Galway, Limerick, Cork, Clare (the town of Ennis), and Kerry have all been affected and there could be worse to come.

According to Met Éireann, very unsettled weather is forecast to continue for the rest of the week, with a risk of above-average rainfall and flooding. In particular, strong onshore winds and high tides could cause some coastal flooding.

The river actually burst its banks in several different locations.

The situation in Limercik is of concern to the Irish government …

Published on Feb 3, 2014
Strong winds and high tides caused the River Blackwater to overflow onto the backstreets of Youghal today, Monday 3rd February 2014.
The combination of high tides, torrential rainfall and south-westerly winds resulted in flooding throughout low-lying parts of Youghal from 7.00am. Flooding resulted in street closures with heavy flooding all along the back streets of the town and up the narrow lanes leading on to the main street. South main street was closed at one stage and traffic directed up Windmill Hill.

Gardai, Youghal Town Council, Youghal Fire Brigade, The Youghal Branch of the Irish Coast Guard and other emergency services attended the scene with motorists being advised to avoid the back streets until after the tide begins to ebb after 9am.

Local people said it was the most severe flooding to be seen in a number of years. Gardai and AA Roadwatch urged motorists to drive with extreme care given the treacherous road conditions.


The Army has been drafted into a Limerick to help battle “unprecedented” floods in the city

Scores of people have been evacuated from their homes across Limerick City after “unprecedented” floods hit this morning.

Large parts of the city and county are under water after the River Shannon burst its banks in several areas.

The worst affected locations include Kings Island (St Mary’s Park/Island Road and the Lee Estate), Athlunkard Street, Dock Road, Condell Road, Corbally Road, Honan’s Quay, Clancy Strand, and Longpavement.

Another area badly hit by the floods, Athlunkard Street, saw houses and cars submerged.

Ger Hogan has meanwhile become a hero in his native city. Since early this morning the father of seven has been rescuing stranded victims of the floods from their washed out homes to safety – all on board a cart driven by his mare Peg.

From 9am, Ger and Peg began carting neighbours and family and friends in St Mary’s Park to dry ground.

The north side estate is under four feet of water. By 2.30pm Ger and three-year old Peg had rescued around 100 people.

“The tide was terribly big. I’ve never seen it that big. People living here in St Mary’s Park have never seen anything like this,” explained Ger.

“The water is up past Peg’s belly. It is scary. I’m doing my best. It’s all I can do. I can’t do any more,” Ger added.

… Ger, 57, said he has kept horses all his life and was glad to help out…

He added: “I’m just getting a mouthful of tea now and then I’ll go out again in a few minutes.”

Meanwhile, mother of one Edel Hogan, who lives on the street – a few feet from a stretch of the River Shannon – said her home was under a few feet of water.

“I feel terrible. I’m disgusted. We got no sandbags from the council. Myself and my partner and my daughter have no place to sleep tonight,” she said.

The two-bedroom house is located below the river’s level and had no chance when the waters burst the banks.

Everything is destroyed. I left my home as the water was at the fourth step on my stairs. It came in my sitting room door early this morning.”

… Ann Pickford (68), was in bed downstairs at her home, also on Athlunkard Street, when more than eight feet of water swamped her home at around 7am.

I’m just so shocked. I heard the water. I got up out of bed. Within a few seconds it was up to my bed. My couch was floating in the sitting room,” she said wiping tears away.

“Everything is gone. Our houses are gone,” she added.

Her late husband William died after a heart attack 14 years ago just after the last big flood hit their home on Christmas Day.

Published on Feb 2, 2014

The Telegraph’s Andrew Giligan visits North Curry in Somerset and speaks to a residents who’s home has been uninhabitable for 14 of the last 21 months.

… Resident Keith Madge has been suffering with flood waters for ten out of the last 13 months.

“You just don’t hear from anybody, the environment agency, the town council, no one at all.

“So, it makes you think, does anyone really care. They’ve flooded my house, because they haven’t maintained the rivers and dredge them.

“They’re going to have to make a decision one way or the other, is this area for people to live in, or for the wildlife?” …

Published on Feb 1, 2014

High tides and gale force winds could bring more flooding to parts of south-west England and the Midlands, the Environment Agency has warned.

It has nine severe flood warnings – meaning a danger to life – in place for the Cornwall and North Devon coasts and the River Severn, south of Gloucester.

Heavy rains continued to lash central and northern Italy on Friday, causing flash flooding, landslides, disruption to transport and the evacuation of over 1,000 people.

The president of the Lazio region surrounding Rome, Nicola Zinagaretti said was deciding whether to declare a state of emergency.

Roma – In the capital, emergency services received some 3,000 calls, as people were forced to climb into the roofs of their homes and cars in some areas as up to 130 millimetres of rain fell in a matter of hours

A heavily pregnant woman who went into labour had to be taken to hospital in a dinghy, while six homeless people including Roma Gypsies and other immigrants were rescued from makeshift huts in an area of the city not far from the Vatican after a mudslide engulfed their makeshift huts.

Northern neighbourhoods in the Italian capital were flooded and authorities were monitoring the Tiber river, at risk of overflowing. Several roads and metro stations had to be closed and and mud and detritus cause a train to derail between Rome and Viterbo.

Weather alerts were also issued in Tuscany, 1,000 people were evacuated in the province of Pisa and the city itself was partly flooded, forcing emergency workers to erect barriers and reinforce banks to channel water to the sea. In the town of Volterra a 30-metre section of medieval walls collapsed.

In Florence, the river Arno was reported to be at a 20-year high although the city’s mayor Matteo Renzi said the river was not in danger of bursting its banks. Small towns outside Florence and nearby Prato were virtually surrounded by rising flood water as schools closed for the day.

In the lagoon city of Venice, exceptionally high tides were expected to submerge half the city at around midnight.

Published on Jan 31, 2014

Published on Jan 27, 2014


The government is to send in the army to help tackle the floods in the Somerset Levels.

The Ministry of Defence is to deploy equipment and manpower to help those in affected areas by delivering food, transporting people and distributing sandbags.

An MoD spokeswoman said : “We have tonight deployed military planners to help Somerset county council determine what support they might need.”

She added they would be in the county overnight to assess what was required in time for first light on Thursday…

The Liberal Democrat MP David Heath had protested that an area the size of Bristol had been flooded for a month.

Tackled on the issue during prime minister’s questions, Cameron said he was urgently exploring what else could be done.

“We now need to move more rapidly to the issues like dredging, which I think will help to make a long-term difference,” he said. …

“The Environment Agency is pumping as much water as is possible given the capacity of the rivers around the Levels,” he said, “but I have ordered that further high-volume pumps from the DCLG’s [Department for Communities and Local Government's] national reserve will be made available to increase the volume of the pumping operation as soon as there is capacity in the rivers to support that.

“We are urgently exploring what further help the government can give local residents to move around and I rule nothing out in the days ahead to get this problem sorted.”

It is not yet clear where the £4m necessary to restart the dredging is coming from, as the government has not offered any extra funds to Somerset. A spokeswoman for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said the funding had not yet been worked out.

“Dredging will be carried out in the Somerset Levels as soon as it is safe and practical to do so,” she said. “We are in discussions with the Environment Agency to start planning the details. We are also working with the local community to produce an action plan looking at all the different options for managing flood risk there over the next 20 years.”

Some residents in the area are furious that the Environment Agency stopped dredging the rivers years ago and have accused it of failing to keep up proper river maintenance. It is thought that about 40% of the capacity of the rivers Tone and Parrett could be clogged up with silt.

…”It’s understandable that those affected by flooding are calling for more action, [but] dredging would not have prevented the flooding in Somerset,” she said”There needs to be a much wider programme of flood prevention to protect people’s homes in the future, and other measures, such as capturing water upstream in lower-risk areas, are likely to be more effective than dredging.”…