Flood affected farmers have come together to help with relief efforts, as heavy rainfall continues to batter farms across the UK.
A third consecutive weekend of heavy showers has seen large parts of Wales and England suffer and further heavy rain is expected to continue in the West Midlands, along the rivers Severn and Wye.
The warning comes as efforts to tackle the effects of flooding amplified, with members of the public pulling together to offer assistance to flood-hit communities.
Farmers in Herefordshire have been utilising their tractors to wade through flood water and deliver food to stranded residents, after the village of Hampton Bishop was left marooned in the aftermath of Storm Dennis.
Farmer Keir Rogers who has been aiding residents, said: “In places the water is three-and-a-half feet deep and you have got to bear in mind some of [the villagers] have not been out since Saturday afternoon.”
The downpours have also severely affected Derbyshire, which saw sheep farmer Faye Russell plunge into 7 feet of flood water to save her sheep and lambs from drowning, all of which she successfully brought to safety.
18.02.2020— julia (@jjulia2
Derbyshire🇬🇧 - Farmer Faye Russell jumps into flood waters to save lamb and sheep in Storm Dennis.🐑
📷Faye Russell pic.twitter.com/FaxGx9ReTp
With 89 flood warnings in place, the Met Office has also issued yellow warnings for snow and ice and farmers have taken to social media to document the continuing levels of severe disruption.
Calm.— Peter Mawson (@HighFarnda
We’re due another burst of gusty winds this afternoon. pic.twitter.com/qzSr31uyvT
Nothing good about this morning’ It’s been chucking it down most of night & still persisting. At least the cattle are in but air is sodden so bedding doesn’t last but better than being outside. Will it ever end? Answers on a post card #tetfordlonghorns #backbritishfarming pic.twitter.com/72ksxCh6pT— Charlie Sutcliffe (@ChasSutclif
Nothing good about this morning. It's been chucking it down most of night & still persisting. At least the cattle are in but air is sodden so bedding doesn't last but better than being outside. Will it ever end? Answers on a post card #tetfordlonghorns #backbritishfarming pic.twitter.com/72ksxCh6pT— Charlie Sutcliffe (@ChasSutcliffe) February 24, 2020
Arable farmer Olly Harrison said the weather had resulted in the wettest February in 45 years and has led to significant crop losses on his 1,200 acre farm in Merseyside.
Officially the wettest #February in 45 years— Olly harrison 🥛🍔🥩🥓🍗#soilsaver (@ag
last nights 20mm has smashed wettest Feb record by 15mm 😳
We still got 6 days to go as well 🤦♂️
See my best field of wheat below 👇 pic.twitter.com/cMmWz7dZzW23, 2020
Officially the wettest #February in 45 years— Olly harrison \uD83E\uDD5B\uD83C\uDF54\uD83E\uDD69\uD83E\uDD53\uD83C\uDF57#soilsaver (@agricontract) February 23, 2020
last nights 20mm has smashed wettest Feb record by 15mm \uD83D\uDE33
We still got 6 days to go as well \uD83E\uDD26♂️
See my best field of wheat below \uD83D\uDC47 pic.twitter.com/cMmWz7dZzW
Caroline Douglas, director of incident management at the Environment Agency (EA), has urged people to ‘check their flood squo;.
She added: “This has been the third weekend of exceptional river levels and stormy weather – with the effects of climate change, we need to prepare for more frequent periods of extreme weather like this.
“People need to be aware of their flood risk, sign up to flood warnings, make a flood plan and not to drive or walk through flood water.”