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UK water companies face the effects of severe flooding

July 5, 2007 at 10:04 am

Heavy and persistent rainfall has resulted in phenomenal levels of flooding in northern England. Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and the Midlands have been hardest hit, with over 3,000 properties reported flooded.

Over 350 people were evacuated from homes in north Doncaster after the River Don burst its banks, flooding nearby villages. Rescue services were unable to save a man trapped in a drain in Hull, and another man and teenage boy were swept to their deaths in Sheffield.

Hundreds have had to take up temporary accommodation in emergency shelters. Fire crews have been busy helping people to safety while the [http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/?lang=_e Environment Agency] and local water companies face the challenge of minimising flood damage and restoring normal water supplies and drainage.

Yorkshire Water warns that sewer flooding can happen in moments and has urged householders to take preventative action. Flows can be diverted with sandbags, planks and rags. Anglian Water advised members of the public to tune in to local TV and radio stations to stay up to date with the latest situation. The Environment agency stressed the importance of alerting neighbours and checking on elderly relatives.

Forecasters had hoped that the worst conditions were over, before warning that there could be further heavy rain. The Met Office issued a number of severe weather warnings, saying that total rainfall could reach 50mm in eastern England.

The Environment Agency Floodline (0845 988 1188) provides advice and information to those in affected areas.

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One response to “UK water companies face the effects of severe flooding”

  1. Water Management says:

    Really, that flooding was a kind of nightmare which is hard to forget. The arrangements done by the government side were not up to the mark. The role of Yorkshire Water was appreciable on those days. Some effective techniques and strategies must be made by the government to deal with these kind of disasters.

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