UK weather: Flooded homes evacuated on Xmas EVE as 100 flood warnings issued in England while Wales hit with heavy rain

BRITS have been evacuated from their flooded homes in Nottingham on Christmas Eve after rain lashed the region overnight – with more than 100 flood warnings issued across England and Wales.

Emergency services across the country have been inundated with requests for help after heavy rainfall throughout Wednesday.

The Environment Agency has issued more than 107 flood warnings as of Thursday morning, including across Devon, the West Midlands, and 20 related to the River Severn along the Welsh border.

Other affected areas include Norfolk, Lincolnshire, the East Midlands, and along parts of the Great River Ouse.

A further 164 flood alerts, which warn of possible flooding and urge preparedness, have also been issued.

Yellow weather warnings that stretched from East Anglia, across Leicester, parts of Birmingham and north London, and through to mid-Wales and Cornwall, were in place early on Thursday but have now been lifted.

Eight flood warnings and nine flood alerts are also in place across Wales.

The warnings are concentrated mostly along the south coast, near Cardiff and Tenby, though include one for areas surrounding the River Dee near Wrexham.

The BBC reported the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service received 500 calls for help on Wednesday.

Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service said they had handled more than 250 flood calls, with several properties inundated and multiple people rescued from their stranded vehicles.

In Nottingham, police said emergency services had been called to a report of a landslide near some homes near a former quarry at 11.40pm on Wednesday.

The force said a "small number" of properties had been evacuated, and police, fire, and ambulance services, along with Mansfield District Council officials, were at the scene at Bank End Close in Mansfield to conduct safety assessments.

Properties in a number of other areas, including East Anglia and Gloucester, also saw flooding.

Patrick Lloyd, 27, from Peterborough, said he woke up to find much of his home had been submerged in water, causing thousands of pounds worth of damage.

He added that he had to help rescue an elderly neighbour who had become trapped without power.

Mr Lloyd said the 86-year-old woman had eventually been taken to hospital after spending around 50 minutes in the "freezing" floodwater.

"Luckily a bloke driving by saw her and got out and helped us with her," he said.

"We had to get the fire service out to get her on to a board and we lifted her out for an ambulance

"We were worried about hypothermia, she spent a night in hospital. No idea if she made it or not."

Alex Burkill, a meteorologist for the Met Office, said: "There's been a lot of wet weather around.

"We've had a heavy rain across much of England and Wales, particularly southern parts of Wales, but also further east.

"Most places in England and Wales have been really wet and we've seen strengthening winds too, there have been some gales in exposed parts, so quite unpleasant really."

Mr Burkill added that the rainfall would cease overnight into Christmas Eve.

"The wet weather we've got over us at the moment that's all going to clear away towards the south-east as we go through the night.

"So for Christmas Eve we're going to have lots of fine weather around, with lots of sunshine and a cold northerly flow."

Forecasts also suggest Britain is set to see the coldest Christmas Day in five years, with some snow expected in parts and ice warnings issued.

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