25/12/2012 07:55 GMT

UK Weather: A Wet Christmas, Not A White One As Downpours Bring Flood Misery (PICTURES)

Hopes of a white Christmas were washed out today as many Britons awoke to Yuletide flooding.

Long downpours continued to bring misery after hundreds of houses and businesses had already been swamped with floodwaters and many more faced the risk of rising waters.

Though there appeared to be some sign of respite with the Environment Agency reducing its number of flood warnings and flood alerts, the sodden ground and swollen river levels meant people still needed to be prepared.

Sodden Christmas wishes from all at Huffington Post Uk!

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