There is a threat of ‘significant flooding’ in northern England, as heavy rainfall continues to fall on heavily saturated ground.
The Environment Agency (EA) warned of worsening conditions across the Pennines and parts of Yorkshire, while ongoing river flooding remains ‘probable’ for the English-Welsh border around the River Severn for the rest of the week.
The warning comes after England received 144 per cent of its average February rainfall and record river levels were broken on the rivers Severn, Wye, Lugg and Derwent.
Director of incident management Caroline Douglas has urged people to be ‘aware of their flood risk’.
She said: “This is the third weekend we have seen exceptional river levels and stormy weather, and with the effects of climate change, we need to prepare for more frequent periods of extreme weather like this.”
The EA predictions were echoed by the Met Office, which has forecast significant flooding across northern regions and parts of England in the coming days.
We currently have 10 flood warnings in force in Yorkshire. Please check your flood risk online and take action if you are at risk. We will continue to monitor the forecast as heavy rainfall is expected over the coming days t.co/yFyKafiIqk #floodaware— Environment Agency - Yorkshire & North East (@EnvAgencyYNE)
We currently have 10 flood warnings in force in Yorkshire. Please check your flood risk online and take action if you are at risk. We will continue to monitor the forecast as heavy rainfall is expected over the coming days https://t.co/yFyKafiIqk #floodaware— Environment Agency - Yorkshire & North East (@EnvAgencyYNE) February 20, 2020
Unprecedented rainfall has already seen hundreds of farms affected and many farmers have taken to social media to document the level of devastation.
Yorkshire farmer Richard Bramley has watched 20ha of his winter wheat crop disappear under water whilst Sussex farmer Lee Dallyn also highlighted the level of disruption the rainfall was having on his farm business, demonstrating the weather had produced 48mm in 24 hours.
Looking to help affected farmers, the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) has released an initial £50,000 to provide emergency payments to farming families affected by recent wet weather, as part of a crisis fund.
The funds will help to alleviate pressing financial worries, allowing farmers to concentrate on dealing with the immediate impacts of extreme weather.
Amber warnings for rain and wind remain in place for the north of the UK and a total of 91 flood warnings and 154 flood alerts have been issued.