Winds and torrential rain left one person dead and forced hundreds from their homes - as David Cameron promised the Government would "ensure everything is being done to help".

The Prime Minister's comments came as the Environment Agency revealed more than 800 homes have been flooded, with thousands of motorists rescued from water-logged roads.

A woman was killed when she was crushed by a tree as wild winds whipped southern England, bringing the week's weather-related death toll to two.

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A local man replaces bollards to close the roads accessing the Somerset village of Ruishton, near Taunton, which has been flooded after the River Tone burst its banks

And on Sunday night, forecasters have warned the worse may still be to come, with further rainfall and 60mph winds expected overnight, with experts warning people the conditions pose a "serious threat to life".

Rainfall is estimated to be around 15mm across the spine of Britain on Monday, less than the 30mm of rain in pockets of the West Country, but meteorologists said it would offer little respite to weary homeowners keen to begin the clean-up.

Cameron wrote on Twitter:


David Cameron
Shocking scenes of flooding in Cornwall and around the country. Govt will help ensure everything is being done to help.

Although Sunday afternoon saw a temporary respite, the Environment Agency has continued to issue warnings, with over 500 alerts now in place.

One severe flood warning - the highest alert possible - remains in place for the River Cober in Helston, Cornwall. At one point this weekend, four were in place.

More than 500 alerts have now been issued, including nearly 230 flood warnings - the second strongest alert - and confined largely to the Midlands as bands of rain which brought sorrow and destruction to the South West moved northwards.

A 21-year-old woman became the second victim to die as a result of this week's weather after she was killed in Western Way, Exeter after becoming trapped under a fallen spruce tree which injured two others.

It follows the death of a man on Thursday, who died when his car became wedged under a bridge near a ford in Rectory Fields, Chew Stoke, Somerset.

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Double yellow lines and no waiting signs did not stop this fisherman taking advantage of the rising floodwater from the River Ouse in York

There were serious problems across Britain and Wales, with Yorkshire, Warwickshire and Wiltshire badly affected today.
Environment Minister Richard Benyon met with people in Malmesbury where three feet (90cm) of water was reported in some parts of the Wiltshire town.

He described the clear-up work as "heroic", adding: "While many houses have been flooded, some haven't because of the efforts of these people.

"The Government's job, first of all is to make sure people are as prepared as possible with a changing climate ... for these extremes of weather. Secondly, we've got to continue building flood defences."

Many people took to social networking sites to express their fears and frustration at weather conditions and preparations made in advance.


Andy Skinner
Watching the flood stuff on the news, some crazy water levels further down in the Westcountry, hope everyone stays alright out there tonight


Charlotte Stoel
Looooong journey home with trains delayed by flooding. Shout out to the staff who've all been amazing, helpful and patient!


Diana Johnson
Watching the dreadful flooding around the country I hope that the Government will finally get a deal on flooding insurance sorted out.


Both the RAC and AA breakdown services reported surges in flood-related call-outs as roads and highways across the country were closed due to perilous standing water.

But that has not deterred many motorists from taking their chances, incurring the wrath of one emergency worker who hit out at risk-takers.

Nathan Hudson, general manager of West Midlands Ambulance Service, appealed for members of the public to stop endangering their and rescue workers' lives.

"People who attempt to pass through flooded roads are not only putting their own lives at risk, but also the lives of the emergency services staff who have to rescue them.

"A little bit of common sense from the public will ensure that no one's life is put in any unnecessary danger."

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National Rail said the severe weather is disrupting services across the South West.

Trains were cancelled between Exeter St Davids and Yeovil Junction because of a landslip at Honiton and flooding near Axminster in Devon, and replacement buses were cancelled because of severe flooding on local roads. The route is expected to reopen tomorrow, subject to no further damage.

Property owners across the country are tonight preparing for another deluge - and forecasters have warned the situation could get worse before it gets better.

Tom Tobler, forecaster with MeteoGroup - the weather division of the Press Association - said more rainfall is expected overnight.

He said: "There may only be 10-15mm of rain overnight, but that would enough to worsen the situation for some people who have already experienced some flooding.

"The worst rainfall could be in north Wales, with 20-30mm of rain.

"I don't think the rainfall will be as significant as last night, but there will be strong winds and sharp frosts as the week goes on."

He said temperatures in Scotland could plunge to freezing by Tuesday, and in the rest of England by Wednesday evening.

Cameron's comments came two years after flash floods caused havoc and widespread disruption to mid-Cornwall, and resulted in both the Prime Minister and the Prince of Wales embarking on separate visits to the worst-hit towns and villages to pledge their support.

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A vehicle manages to get across flooded Somerset Levels as heavy rain continues to fall on already drenched fields

Stephen Gilbert, the Liberal Democrat MP for St Austell and Newquay, said the Government needed to act in ensuring insurance companies were able to provide home and business owners with affordable cover.

He said: "Yet again I call on the Government to reach an agreement with insurers that will keep flood insurance available and affordable.

"The last two days should be a wake-up call for a Government that needs to grip this issue and do so quickly.

"We know that flash flooding is increasing because of climate change and there's now little we can do to stop it, but the Government must act to make sure people aren't left without insurance when the worst does happen."

Emergency services tonight urged motorists to take extra precautions when tackling roads tomorrow morning, following the anticipated heavy rainfall.

Gloucestershire Police said they anticipate disruption on some of the county's roads during the early morning rush hour, as a band of heavy rainfall moves from Cornwall towards the Midlands.

A spokesman said: "It's thought that the main routes in and out of Tewkesbury will see flooding, potentially making them impassable to vehicles, especially on Gander Lane, Ashchurch Road near to the A38 junction and Church Street.

"Drivers are also advised that the road between Drybrook and Ross at Hawthorns remains closed due to a landslip.

"Motorists are urged to stay safe by reducing their speed, driving carefully and considerately and to not drive into floodwater as you cannot anticipate how deep it is."

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  • Autumn weather November 25th

    BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE.The tree that fell down in Exeter that killed a 21 year old woman and injured two others when it fell onto their tent.

  • Autumn weather November 25th

    Flooded roads make driving difficult in many parts of the north following gales and storms over the weekend and driving home at Appleton Roebuck, near York, meant negotiating the rising floodwaters.

  • Autumn weather November 25th

    Double yellow lines and no waiting signs did not stop this fisherman taking advantage of the rising floodwater from the River Ouse in York, to set up his spot on a city centre road, as floodwaters rose across the north following gales and storms.

  • Autumn weather November 25th

    Double yellow lines and no waiting signs did not stop this fisherman taking advantage of the rising floodwater from the River Ouse in York, to set up his spot on a city centre road, as floodwaters rose across the north following gales and storms.

  • Autumn weather November 25th

    Delivering the groceries in Appleton Roebuck, near York, means negotiating the rising floodwaters, as flooded roads make driving difficult in many parts of the north, following gales and storms over the weekend.

  • Autumn weather November 25th

    Double yellow lines and no waiting signs did not stop this fisherman taking advantage of the rising floodwater from the River Ouse in York, to set up his spot on a city centre road, as floodwaters rose across the north following gales and storms.

  • Autumn weather November 25th

    Homes flooded on Cheats Road in the Somerset village of Ruishton, near Taunton, which has been flooded after the River Tone burst it's banks.

  • Autumn weather November 25th

    A local man replaces bollards to close the roads accessing the Somerset village of Ruishton, near Taunton, which has been flooded after the River Tone burst it's banks.

  • Autumn weather November 25th

    A man assesses the flooding on Cheats Road in the Somerset village of Ruishton, near Taunton, which has been flooded after the River Tone burst it's banks.

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    A property close to the banks of the River Tone uses sandbags for flood defence building and a makeshift pump to keep water from flooding Church Lane and properties on the low lying lane in the Somerset village of Ruishton, near Taunton, which has been flooded after the River Tone burst it's banks.

  • Autumn weather November 25th

    An elderly woman comes to the end of the footpath on Cheats Road in the Somerset village of Ruishton, near Taunton, which has been flooded after the River Tone burst it's banks.

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    A general view of the Somerset village of Ruishton, near Taunton, which has been flooded after the River Tone burst it's banks.

  • Autumn weather November 25th

    An elderly man keeps an eye on sandbags and the water level on Cheats Road in the Somerset village of Ruishton, near Taunton, which has been flooded after the River Tone burst it's banks.

  • Autumn weather November 25th

    Villagers carry sandbags for flood defence building through standing floodwater for the Somerset village of Ruishton, near Taunton, which has been flooded after the River Tone burst it's banks.

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    A boy inspects a 4x4 vehicle as it manages to keep above the water in the Somerset village of Ruishton, near Taunton, which has been flooded after the River Tone burst it's banks.

  • Autumn weather November 25th

    A girl checks through the window of a cottage on Cheats Road in the Somerset village of Ruishton, near Taunton, which has been flooded after the River Tone burst it's banks.

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    A 4x4 vehicle manages to keep above the water in the Somerset village of Ruishton, near Taunton, which has been flooded after the River Tone burst it's banks.

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    A man checks the water level outside the front of his cottage on Cheats Road in the Somerset village of Ruishton, near Taunton, which has been flooded after the River Tone burst it's banks.

  • Autumn weather November 25th

    A car is partially submerged in standing water in the Somerset village of Ruishton, near Taunton, which has been flooded after the River Tone burst it's banks.

  • Autumn weather November 25th

    A property close to the banks of the River Tone uses a makeshift pump to keep water from flooding in, as it rises above their ground level in the Somerset village of Ruishton, near Taunton, which has been flooded after the River Tone burst it's banks.

  • Flash Floods Cause Chaos In The South West

    GLASTONBURY, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 25: Flood water can be seen in fields surrounding the Glastonbury Tor on the Somerset Levels, on November 25, 2012 near Glastonbury, England. Another band of heavy rain and wind continued to bring disruption to many parts of the country today particularly in the south west which was already suffering from flooding earlier in the week. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • Flash Floods Cause Chaos In The South West

    GLASTONBURY, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 25: An old caravan stands near flood water in fields surrounding the Glastonbury Tor on the Somerset Levels, on November 25, 2012 near Glastonbury, England. Another band of heavy rain and wind continued to bring disruption to many parts of the country today particularly in the south west which was already suffering from flooding earlier in the week. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • Flash Floods Cause Chaos In The South West

    GLASTONBURY, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 25: People walk from Glastonbury Tor as flood water in the fields below is seen, on November 25, 2012 in Somerset, England. Another band of heavy rain and wind continued to bring disruption to many parts of the country today particularly in the south west which was already suffering from flooding earlier in the week. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • Flash Floods Cause Chaos In The South West

    GLASTONBURY, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 25: Flood water can be seen in fields surrounding the Glastonbury Tor on the Somerset Levels, on November 25, 2012 near Glastonbury, England. Another band of heavy rain and wind continued to bring disruption to many parts of the country today particularly in the south west which was already suffering from flooding earlier in the week. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • Flash Floods Cause Chaos In The South West

    TAUNTON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 25: A woman wades through flood water in the centre of the village of Ruishton, near Taunton, on November 25, 2012 in Somerset, England. Another band of heavy rain and wind continued to bring disruption to many parts of the country today particularly in the south west which was already suffering from flooding earlier in the week. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • Flash Floods Cause Chaos In The South West

    GLASTONBURY, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 25: People walk from Glastonbury Tor as flood water in the fields below is seen, on November 25, 2012 in Somerset, England. Another band of heavy rain and wind continued to bring disruption to many parts of the country today particularly in the south west which was already suffering from flooding earlier in the week. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • Flash Floods Cause Chaos In The South West

    TAUNTON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 25: A young girl splashes through flood water in the centre of the village of Ruishton, near Taunton, on November 25, 2012 in Somerset, England. Another band of heavy rain and wind continued to bring disruption to many parts of the country today particularly in the south west which was already suffering from flooding earlier in the week. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • Flash Floods Cause Chaos In The South West

    TAUNTON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 25: Anne Bartlett and her dog Henry look out from their flooded property in the centre of the village of Ruishton, near Taunton, on November 25, 2012 in Somerset, England. Another band of heavy rain and wind continued to bring disruption to many parts of the country today particularly in the south west which was already suffering from flooding earlier in the week. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • Flash Floods Cause Chaos In The South West

    GLASTONBURY, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 25: Flood water can be seen in fields surrounding the Glastonbury Tor on the Somerset Levels, on November 25, 2012 near Glastonbury, England. Another band of heavy rain and wind continued to bring disruption to many parts of the country today particularly in the south west which was already suffering from flooding earlier in the week. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • Flash Floods Cause Chaos In The South West

    TAUNTON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 25: Flood water can be seen in fields behind the town of Glastonbury viewed from Glastonbury Tor, on November 25, 2012 in Somerset, England. Another band of heavy rain and wind continued to bring disruption to many parts of the country today particularly in the south west which was already suffering from flooding earlier in the week. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • Flash Floods Cause Chaos In The South West

    TAUNTON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 25: A young girl is carried through flood water in the centre of the village of Ruishton, near Taunton, on November 25, 2012 in Somerset, England. Another band of heavy rain and wind continued to bring disruption to many parts of the country today particularly in the south west which was already suffering from flooding earlier in the week. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • Flash Floods Cause Chaos In The South West

    TAUNTON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 25: A man stands besides his flooded property in the centre of the village of Ruishton, near Taunton, on November 25, 2012 in Somerset, England. Another band of heavy rain and wind continued to bring disruption to many parts of the country today particularly in the south west which was already suffering from flooding earlier in the week. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • Flash Floods Cause Chaos In The South West

    TAUNTON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 25: Flood water continues to block the main road through the centre of the village of Ruishton, near Taunton, on November 25, 2012 in Somerset, England. Another band of heavy rain and wind continued to bring disruption to many parts of the country today particularly in the south west which was already suffering from flooding earlier in the week. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • Flash Floods Cause Chaos In The South West

    TAUNTON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 25: A woman wades through flood water in the centre of the village of Ruishton, near Taunton, on November 25, 2012 in Somerset, England. Another band of heavy rain and wind continued to bring disruption to many parts of the country today particularly in the south west which was already suffering from flooding earlier in the week. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • Flash Floods Cause Chaos In The South West

    GLASTONBURY, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 25: Hay bales stand in flood water in fields surrounding the Glastonbury Tor on the Somerset Levels, on November 25, 2012 near Glastonbury, England. Another band of heavy rain and wind continued to bring disruption to many parts of the country today particularly in the south west which was already suffering from flooding earlier in the week. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • Flash Floods Cause Chaos In The South West

    TAUNTON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 25: Sandbags protect a period property from flood water in the centre of the village of Ruishton, near Taunton, on November 25, 2012 in Somerset, England. Another band of heavy rain and wind continued to bring disruption to many parts of the country today particularly in the south west which was already suffering from flooding earlier in the week. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • Flash Floods Cause Chaos In The South West

    TAUNTON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 25: People stop to take a photograph of flood water blocking the A361 on the Somerset Levels at Burrow Bridge, near Taunton, on November 25, 2012 in Somerset, England. Another band of heavy rain and wind continued to bring disruption to many parts of the country today particularly in the south west which was already suffering from flooding earlier in the week. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • Flash Floods Cause Chaos In The South West

    TAUNTON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 25: Sandbags protect a period property from flood water in the centre of the village of Ruishton, near Taunton, on November 25, 2012 in Somerset, England. Another band of heavy rain and wind continued to bring disruption to many parts of the country today particularly in the south west which was already suffering from flooding earlier in the week. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • Flash Floods Cause Chaos In The South West

    GLASTONBURY, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 25: Flood water can be seen in fields surrounding the Glastonbury Tor on the Somerset Levels, on November 25, 2012 near Glastonbury, England. Another band of heavy rain and wind continued to bring disruption to many parts of the country today particularly in the south west which was already suffering from flooding earlier in the week. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • Flash Floods Cause Chaos In The South West

    GLASTONBURY, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 25: Flood water can be seen in fields surrounding the Glastonbury Tor on the Somerset Levels, on November 25, 2012 near Glastonbury, England. Another band of heavy rain and wind continued to bring disruption to many parts of the country today particularly in the south west which was already suffering from flooding earlier in the week. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • Flash Floods Cause Chaos In The South West

    TAUNTON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 25: Flood water surrounds a sign in the centre of the village of Ruishton, near Taunton, on November 25, 2012 in Somerset, England. Another band of heavy rain and wind continued to bring disruption to many parts of the country today particularly in the south west which was already suffering from flooding earlier in the week. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • Autumn weather November 23rd

    Paul and Denise Milsom from Cheltenham look at the flooded road between Cropthorne and Fladbury in Worcestershire.

  • Autumn weather November 23rd

    EDITORS NOTE NUMBER PLATE PIXELATED BY PA PICTURE DESK AT THE REQUEST OF THE POLICE: A 4x4 car is removed from the scene where a man died after becoming trapped in his car after traversing a ford in the Somerset village of Chew Stoke.

  • Autumn weather November 23rd

    Pedestrians make their way through floods on Waterfront, Evesham in Worcestershire.