Residents of around 500 properties have been told to leave their homes after the River Elwy broke its banks in north Wales.

North-west England and Wales again felt the worst of the weather on Monday night, where winds reached up to 55mph and torrential rain continued to fall on already saturated ground.

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River Elwy bursts its banks

Three people have died in the flooding and drivers and residents from across the UK face further flooding chaos, forecasters have warned.

A leisure centre has been set up to accomodate those evacuated from their homes in North Wales, while in Pickering, North Yorkshire, around 50 houses could be at risk of flooding, reported the BBC.

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A man from Somerset had to be rescued from his car amid rising floodwaters

The Environment Agency has 198 flood alerts and 276 flood warnings in place in England and Wales. However the wind and rain is due to be replaced with a 'big chill' with freezing temperatures set take hold of the UK.

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19-month-old Beth with her mother Tina Bailey and toddler Hannah are rescued from their house in Gloucester

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Over 900 homes have been evacuated

Sleet fell over the Pennines and snow is predicted over the Scottish mountains on Tuesday.

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Children make their way past a tractor down a flooded street in North Yorkshire

Gemma Plumb, a spokeswoman for MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said: "Although the rain was lighter last night than previous days, the rain fell on already saturated surfaces adding to the risk of flooding.

"It will become increasingly drier in most places as we go through today, with just East Anglia and south east England holding on to the rain.

"By the end of the day most of the rain would have lifted but temperatures will feel noticeably colder this week, dropping to freezing overnight."

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A unnamed pensioner in Somerset was trapped inside his car as the flood waters rose around him


Last night the EA remained particularly concerned about the River Thames, Trent and the Severn, as well as about the Northamptonshire area.

The government has been criticised over the crisis, with claims on Monday that hundreds of thousands of homes may be left without flood cover due to a row between ministers and the insurance industry over how future flooding bills would be covered.

Ministers are failing to improve flood defences and prevent unnecessary building in areas at high risk of flooding, the second annual analysis by Wildlife and Countryside Link of coalition pledges to look after the natural environment found.

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Floods in Glastonbury


The Association of British Insurers (ABI) had claimed that talks about a "safety net" deal to ensure those in flood-risk areas can continue to afford their policies were at "crisis point".

Last night Environment Secretary Owen Paterson said talks were ongoing - and that ministers were committed to securing a good deal for both householders and the taxpayer.

Speaking in the Commons, Mr Paterson said it was too soon to quantify the full scale of the damage while the rain continues.

Pressed to comment on the row with insurers by his Labour shadow Mary Creagh, Mr Paterson said last night: "Today's story is complete nonsense. The very first meeting I had outside my office after taking office was with the ABI, we have had most constructive and detailed discussions with them since.

But while that is being built up, they want the government to step in to provide a temporary overdraft to cover any shortfall during intense periods of flooding.

Downing Street said it had put forward a proposal to the industry last week, which was being considered - a claim that was dismissed by the ABI.

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The floods have caused three deaths and huge amounts of damage throughout the UK


Over the weekend, a 21-year-old woman was killed and two people were seriously injured in Western Way, Exeter, when they were crushed by a tree as wild winds whipped southern England, and a 50-year-old man died after falling into a canal in Watford.

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

The A417 at Maisemore has already flooded and is closed this morning.

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Paul Daniels' back garden was flooded on Monday morning


The River Severn at Tewkesbury was expected to peak at 4.8m this morning - a metre less than the 2007 peak.

Mr Paterson said last night more than 900 properties had been flooded, including up to 500 in the South West alone. He said evacuations may increase given the forecast.

He added that road and rail networks had also been affected, particularly train lines in the South West.

The Environment Secretary offered his thanks to emergency service staff, local authorities, the Environment Agency and volunteers for their response to the floods.

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  • Residents Deal With Flooding Aftermath

    OLD MALTON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 28: Residents of Old Malton moves their bikes through waters as they begin to deal with the aftermath of the recent floods on November 28, 2012 in Old Malton, England. Fire crews continue to pump large amount of surface flood water away from overflowing drains that have been threatening many properties in the area. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

  • Residents Deal With Flooding Aftermath

    OLD MALTON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 28: Workers wade through waters as residents of Old Malton begin to deal with the aftermath of the recent floods on November 28, 2012 in Old Malton, England. Fire crews continue to pump large amount of surface flood water away from overflowing drains that have been threatening many properties in the area. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

  • Residents Deal With Flooding Aftermath

    OLD MALTON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 28: People walk through waters surrounding buildings as residents of Old Malton begin to deal with the aftermath of the recent floods on November 28, 2012 in Old Malton, England. Fire crews continue to pump large amount of surface flood water away from overflowing drains that have been threatening many properties in the area. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

  • Residents Deal With Flooding Aftermath

    OLD MALTON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 28: Workers walk through water as residents of Old Malton begin to deal with the aftermath of the recent floods on November 28, 2012 in Old Malton, England. Fire crews continue to pump large amount of surface flood water away from overflowing drains that have been threatening many properties in the area. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

  • Residents Deal With Flooding Aftermath

    OLD-MALTON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 28: A man walk around the corner in flood waters as residents of Old Malton begin to deal with the aftermath of the recent floods on November 28, 2012 in Old Malton, England. Fire crews continue to pump large amount of surface flood water away from overflowing drains that have been threatening many properties in the area. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

  • Residents Deal With Flooding Aftermath

    OLD MALTON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 28: A man walks in the water as residents of Old Malton begin to deal with the aftermath of the recent floods on November 28, 2012 in Old Malton, England. Fire crews continue to pump large amount of surface flood water away from overflowing drains that have been threatening many properties in the area. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

  • Residents Deal With Flooding Aftermath

    OLD MALTON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 28: Rescue works assist the area as residents of Old Malton begin to deal with the aftermath of the recent floods on November 28, 2012 in Old Malton, England. Fire crews continue to pump large amount of surface flood water away from overflowing drains that have been threatening many properties in the area. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

  • Residents Deal With Flooding Aftermath

    OLD MALTON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 28: A woman holds her dog while moving through the water as residents of Old Malton begin to deal with the aftermath of the recent floods on November 28, 2012 in Old Malton, England. Fire crews continue to pump large amount of surface flood water away from overflowing drains that have been threatening many properties in the area. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

  • Residents Deal With Flooding Aftermath

    OLD MALTON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 28: Machinery drains water as residents of Old Malton begin to deal with the aftermath of the recent floods on November 28, 2012 in Old Malton, England. Fire crews continue to pump large amount of surface flood water away from overflowing drains that have been threatening many properties in the area. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

  • Residents Deal With Flooding Aftermath

    OLD MALTON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 28: A man walks in the water as residents of Old Malton begin to deal with the aftermath of the recent floods on November 28, 2012 in Old Malton, England. Fire crews continue to pump large amount of surface flood water away from overflowing drains that have been threatening many properties in the area. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

  • Residents Deal With Flooding Aftermath

    OLD MALTON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 28: A man pedals a bike through water as residents of Old Malton begin to deal with the aftermath of the recent floods on November 28, 2012 in Old Malton, England. Fire crews continue to pump large amount of surface flood water away from overflowing drains that have been threatening many properties in the area. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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    Washing hangs from a line in a back garden in St. Asaph, Denbighshire, North Wales after the town flooded overnight.

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    Water flows over the High Force water fall in Middleton-in Teesdale as rivers across the country burst their banks.

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    Fire fighters make their way along a flooded main street in Old Malton, North Yorkshire.

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    Fire fighters carrying cups of tea make their way along the flooded main street in Old Malton, North Yorkshire.

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    Fire fighters make their way along the flooded main street in Old Malton, North Yorkshire.

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    A fire fighter makes his way along the flooded main street in Old Malton, North Yorkshire.

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    North Easterly winds bring gales and huge waves to the North East coastline as the harbour at Seaham takes the brunt of the storm.

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    North Easterly winds bring gales and huge waves to the North East coastline as the harbour at Seaham takes the brunt of the storm.

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    Prime Minister David Cameron talks with resident James Rice, in Buckfastleigh, near Exeter, as he explains how the floods quickly rose inside his house during the recent floods.

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    Prime Minister David Cameron listens as resident Musky Kendall, in Buckfastleigh, near Exeter, explains how the floods quickly rose inside her house during the recent floods.

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    Prime Minister David Cameron, walks through Buckfastleigh, near Exeter, which was hit by a flash flood last week following heavy rain.

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    Prime Minister David Cameron listens as resident Musky Kendall, in Buckfastleigh, near Exeter, explains how the floods quickly rose inside her house during the recent floods.

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    Prime Minister David Cameron listens as resident Musky Kendall, in Buckfastleigh, near Exeter, explains how the floods quickly rose inside her house during the recent floods.

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    Crew Commander from Tewkesbury fire station Dave Webb carries 19-month-old Beth with her mother Tina Bailey carrying her three and a half year old sister Hannah, after they were rescued from their house in Gloucester.

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    A man looks out of a window as a crew from the RNLI and paramedics pass a submerged car in St. Asaph, Denbighshire, North Wales after the town flooded overnight.

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    A man climbs into a lifeboat in St. Asaph, Denbighshire, North Wales after the town flooded overnight.

  • Flood Warnings In Northern United Kingdom As Heavy Rain Storms Hit

    ST ASAPH, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 27: An RNLI life boat crew work in the flooded streets of St Asaph in North Wales after torrential overnight rain on November 27, 2012 in St Asaph, United Kingdom. Residents in up to 500 homes in St Asaph have been advised to evacuate as flood waters continue to rise and the River Elwy breaks its banks. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

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    Tewkesbury Abbey in Gloucestershire is surrounded by floodwater as the River Severn swells after days of heavy rain.

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    Workmen construct a raised walk way for residents in flats in the Skeldergate area of York city centre.

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    Sandbags and pumps work to keep the River Ouse from flooding York city centre.

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    Floodwater in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire.

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    A property surrounded by floodwater next to the River Severn in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire.

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    Dion Bekatoros works to keep out the rising water of the River Ouse outside his taxi office in York city centre.

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    Sandbags and pumps work to keep the River Ouse from flooding York city centre.

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    Floodwater in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire.

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    A crew from the North Wales Fire and Rescue service help a resident to safety in St. Asaph, Denbighshire, North Wales after the town flooded overnight.

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    Residents walk along a flooded street in St. Asaph, Denbighshire, North Wales after the town flooded overnight.

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    Residents of St. Asaph, Denbighshire, North Wales make their way through flood waters after the town flooded overnight.

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    Crew Commander from Tewkesbury fire station Dave Webb carries 19-month-old Beth with her mother Tina Bailey carrying her three and a half year old sister Hannah, after they were rescued from their house in Gloucester.

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    A woman carries her dog as she makes her way through flood waters in St. Asaph, Denbighshire, North Wales after the town flooded overnight.

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    A crew from the North Wales Fire and Rescue service help a resident to safety in St. Asaph, Denbighshire, North Wales after the town flooded overnight.

  • Autumn weather November 27th

    A crew from the North Wales Fire and Rescue service help a resident to safety in St. Asaph, Denbighshire, North Wales after the town flooded overnight.

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    Residents of St. Asaph, Denbighshire, North Wales after the town flooded overnight.

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    People rescue chickens from flooding in Gloucester.

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    Tina Bailey with her daughters 19-month-old Beth and three and a half year old Hannah, as they were rescued from their house in Gloucester.

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    Crew Commander from Tewkesbury fire station Dave Webb (right) carries 19-month-old Beth with her mother Tina Bailey carrying her three and a half year old sister Hannah, after they were rescued from their house in Gloucester.

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    Resident walk through flood waters in St. Asaph, Denbighshire, North Wales after the town flooded overnight.

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    A crew from the RNLI make their way through flood waters in St. Asaph, Denbighshire, North Wales after the town flooded overnight.

  • Autumn weather November 27th

    Crew Commander from Tewkesbury fire station Dave Webb carries 19-month-old Beth with her mother Tina Bailey carrying her three and a half year old sister Hannah, after they were rescued from their house in Gloucester.