Extreme weather causes Whaley Bridge dam collapse - Derbyshire town is being evacuated in the midst of fears flooding could make the dam burst. 1st August 2019

The Environment Agency have begun calls for the area of Whaley Bridge in Derbyshire to be evacuated. 
Thousands of people are being evacuated due to the floods in the area, declaring that lives are at risk as a result of the damn wall collapsing at Toddbrook Reservoir. 
The reservoir sits above the town, situated at High Peak 181 metres above sea level. 

Toddbrook is popular amongst families including runners, walkers and cyclists.
Tracks and bridleways in the area have been closed temporarily.
A police warning advises the town's 6,500 residents  to gather at nearby Chapel High school where further information will be available.

Whaley Bridge Dam
Whaley Bridge Dam (source Google Maps)


Significant localised flooding is expected. Local people should stay with friends or family where at all possible. Substantial rainfall in recent days has caused the reservoir to overflow. As a result there is now a real risk of the village flooding. 

The Canal And River Trust said in a statement: "We've been notified that there has been some damage to the spillway at Toddbrook Reservoir which feeds the Peak Forest Canal. We have a team of engineers on site at the moment assessing the damage and determining what the next steps are."

There is a yellow weather warning for rain in place from the Met Office for the area until 20:00.

Severe Flash Flooding In Coverack, Cornwall. 18th July 2017

A major incident has been declared as heavy rain and large hail stones have brought severe flash flooding to Coverack in Cornwall.  There are reports of two people being air rescued, and others rescued from their homes. Emergency services have asked people to avoid the area and not attempt to drive through flood water.

Some incredible pictures and videos of the flooding have appeared on Twitter...

The Met office has issues a Yellow weather warning for most of the of the south of England and the Midlands, The weather warning reads...

Thundery showers are expected to push north across southern parts of the UK through Tuesday evening. Although many places won't see these showers, there is a chance of localised flooding of homes, businesses and susceptible roads. Frequent lightning may be an additional hazard with possible disruption to power networks. Similarly, but very locally, hail may cause impacts.

The environment agency has also issued several Flood warnings for London, warning that expected torrential rain fall may result in flooding to low lying land, roads and riverside gardens on Tuesday evening. Surface water flooding in urban areas is also possible.

Hottest Summer Solstice Since Records Began Expected

The UK is expecting the hottest Summer Solstice since records began.

Wednesday the 21st of June is the longest day of the year, it's Summer Solstice and if you live in the south east of England, you are in for day that will bring the UK officially into a heat wave.  With temperatures set to reach as high as 34c in London, it will be the hottest Summer Solstice on record, and the hottest June day in 40 years.

People are advised to use adequate sun protection if going outside.

If you're going to he Summer Solstice celebrations at Stonehenge then it will be slightly cooler, but still reaching 29c by mid afternoon.  The temperature overnight will be around 20c,  reaching 23c by mid morning.

Storm Imogen Set To Bring Gale Force Winds To Southern England (Monday 8th February 2016)

Amber and Yellow warnings of wind issued for Monday the 8th February 2016.

Amber and Yellow warnings of wind issued for Monday the 8th February 2016.

The Met Office have issued an Amber weather warning of wind for the morning of the 8th February, as Storm Imogen looks set to bring potentially distructive winds to the South West, South East and South Wales.

An area of very strong winds is likely to extend east across southwest England and parts of central southern England on Monday morning. Gusts of 60-70 mph are likely widely, with 80 mph gusts in exposed coastal areas, particularly Cornwall and North Devon, and also through the Bristol Channel. Some very large waves are also likely to affect many coasts, in particular north coasts of Cornwall and Devon.

The public are advised to be prepared for disruption to transport, and the possibility of damage to trees and structures. Disruptions to power are also a possibilty.

An assessment issued by the Met Office chief foracster reads...

An area of low pressure is expected to move eastwards across the UK on Monday with a swathe of very strong winds around its southern flank, which will affect parts of southern Britain. The winds are likely to be very gusty at times, particularly in association with heavy showers running across these areas.

There remains some uncertainty in northward and eastward extent of the damaging winds as well as the peak strengths and so this warning will be kept under review.

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UK Flooding - Major Incident Declared Storm Desmond Hits The UK

A Major incident has been declared, as Storm Desmond brings severe flooding to Cumbria. The Met office have issued a rare Red weather warning of rain for parts of Cumbria, and the Environment agency has issued has issued 31 severe flood warnings, meaning that there is imminent danger to life.

Flooding has already affected many properties, forcing residents to evacuate. In some cases, residents have refused to leave their homes, go upstairs instead. Th eimage below, recently posted on Twitter, show an arm chair floating down the road, in the Cumbrian town of Appleby.

In Keswick, video has been catured showing flood water rushing down streets...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9OgiQem94I

A chief forecaster at the Met office has warned of more rain to come in the next few hours, further increasing the flood risk in the the North west of England, and South West of Scotland...

A slow-moving frontal system is bringing a prolonged spell of heavy rain and strong winds. For the rest of Saturday and the early hours of Sunday further rainfall totals in excess of 150 mm are expected locally over some prone mountainous areas in Cumbria whilst parts of the Borders can locally expect in excess of 60 mm rain. Given saturated conditions and high river levels from recent rainfall, further flooding is expected.

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Snow Forecast For Scotland and The North West - Friday 20th and Saturday 21st November

A major change of weather type will see the winds swing into a more northerly direction, pulling down much colder air across the whole of Britain and western Europe. Rain, sleet and snow will move south across northern and eastern Scotland later on Friday, then into the Borders and northeast England on Friday night. The snow will mainly affect high ground at first but will fall to lower levels on Friday night. Accumulations of 1-4cm is likely at lowers levels, and 5-10cm above 150m.

Gales with gusts to 60 mph could bring a short period of blizzard conditions to the highest routes later Friday evening and overnight.

The Met office have issued a Yellow weather warning of Snow for the North West of England and most of Scotland. The warning cover the period 16:00 on Friday 20th, until 10:00 on Saturday the 21st of November.

The public should be aware of possible difficult driving conditions and some travel disruption.

UK Storm Barney - Tuesday 17th November - High Winds Expected

UK Storm - fallen tree

Winds of 60 -80mph bring the rist of fallen trees and damage to weakened structures.

The third storm in as many days is due to hit the UK Tuesday afternoon (17th November 2015). This time the south of England, South and Mid Wales, and the Midlands will be worst affected. A Yellow weather warning of wind has been issued for these regions.

Storm Barney is a deep area of low pressure which will move across southern Ireland and then the Midlands on Tuesday afternoon and evening. Strong winds are likely to develop on the southern flank of the low, with gusts potentially reaching 60 - 80mph.

The public should be aware of the risk of disruption to travel and that gusts of this strength could bring down trees and lead to some damage to weakened structures.

UK Flooding Sunday 15th November - Homes Evacuated As Flood Threat Increases

More heavy rain on Sunday morning brings severe flood risk to Cumbria.

More heavy rain on Sunday morning brings severe flood risk to Cumbria.

Over 1000 homes in Kendal, Cumbria, and hundreds more in Egremont, Cumbria, have been evacuated tonight as the threat of severe flooding worsens.

Ex-hurricane Kate is moving over the North of England and Scotland, bringing prolonged heavy rain to a region that is already saturated by recent rain fall. The Environment Agency has issued 122 flood alerts. 19 flood warnings and 12 Severe flood warnings and worned of potential danger to life.

Areas affected by severe flood warnings are all in the North West of England, and include...

The Environment agency have warned that flooding of local residential and business properties is a real risk, and issued their most severe warning.

The Met office has increased the number of locations that are included in their Amber Weather Warning area. These now include parts of North East England, North West England, SW Scotland, Lothian Borders, Strathclyde, Wales, Yorkshire & Humber. All other parts of Northern England, Southern Scotland, North Wales and Northern Ireland are included in a less severe Yellow Weather Warning. An assessment by the chief forcaster at the MET office reads...

A strong, moist westerly to southwesterly flow is expected to develop during Saturday and last through most of Sunday before clearing during the evening. This flow is expected to bring a period of heavy and persistent rain, with 50-100 mm of rain falling in many areas. However, around 200 mm may fall across some of the highest ground. This rainfall, falling on to already saturated ground, is likely to lead to further flooding.

There is some uncertainty in the exact locations of the heaviest rainfall, as well as peak amounts; this will depend on how far north the frontal system moves and how long it remains aligned across any one area. For this reason, the warning will be kept under review over the weekend.

The public are advised to keep up to date with local weather forecasts, and to use the Environment Agency website to keep up to date with flood alerts and warnings.

Kendal Flooding, River Kent Bursts Its Banks - Sunday 15th November 2015

The River Kent in Kendal, Cumbria threatens to burst its banks, putting 100s of residential properties at risk of flooding.

The River Kent in Kendal, Cumbria threatens to burst its banks, putting 100s of residential properties at risk of flooding.

Over 1000 homes have been evacuated today (Sunday 15th November 2015) as the Environment Agency issues 6 severe flood warning for the River Kent. A severe flood warning is reseved for the highest risk of flooding, and warns of potential danger to life. If the River Kent bursts its banks as expected, flooding of local residential and business properties is a real risk.

Areas most at risk are...

The critical time for potential flooding is expected to be between 7am and 9am on Sunday morning, but Kendal police have appealed to local residents to leave now, rather than take any risks. The Environment agency say that water levels will be at their highest during this critical time, but flooding could occur earlier.

Update (10.30 am): Reports of 6 flooded properties in Kendal...

Update (10.30 am): Images on Twitter show water on the river Kent at dangerous levels...

The MET office have warned of further prolonged periods of heavy rain on Sunday morning, further increasing the risk of flooding in the North of England.

The public are advised to keep up to date with local weather forecasts, and to use the Environment Agency website to keep up to date with flood alerts and warnings.

UK Floods - Saturday 14 November - Significant Flooding Expected

Ex-hurricane Kate is expected to bring very heavy rain the the north of England on Saturday. Flooding Warnings are in force.

Ex-hurricane Kate is expected to bring very heavy rain the the north of England on Saturday. Flooding Warnings are in force.

The remains of Ex-Hurricane Kate are expected to bring up to 200mm of rain to parts of Northern England and Scotland during Saturday the 14th November, bringing the possibilty of significant flooding.

With rivers already at high levels after Storm Abigail brought heavy rain to the north yesterday. The expected rainfall is likely to cause flooding in some areas.

The Met office has upgraded a Yellow weather warning of rain to Amber, and the Environment Agency has issue 32 flood alerts and 3 more severe, flood warnings. Flood warnings, meaning that flooding is expected and immediate action is required, are in force for North Bank of the Humber Estuary at Hessle Foreshore, the River Ouse at Naburn Lock in Yorkshire, and Keswick Campsite in Cumbria.

An assessment from the chief forecaster at the Met Office reads...

A strong, moist west to southwesterly flow is expected to develop during Saturday and last through most of Sunday before clearing during the evening. This flow is expected to bring a period of heavy and persistent rain, with 50-100 mm of rain falling in many areas. However, as much as 150 to 200 mm may fall across some of the most exposed high ground, Cumbria appearing to be at particular risk of such totals. This additional rainfall, falling on to already saturated ground, is likely to lead to further flooding.

There is some uncertainty in the exact locations of heaviest rainfall, as well as peak amounts; this will depend on how far north the frontal system moves and how long it remains aligned across any one area. For this reason, the warning will be kept under review over the weekend.

Residents of affected areas are advised to keep up to date with the latest weather reports, and the latest flood warnings issued by the Environment Agency.

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