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Welsh town evacuated due to flooding

Emergency services have evacuated homes along St Asaph in North Wales this morning after the River Elwy over-topped flood defences.

The evacuation comes after the Environment Agency (EA) issued two severe flood warning this morning meaning there is a danger to life.

EA has warned there is a continued risk of flooding today across North East England, North Wales and Northamptonshire as ground waters are set to peak in the next 48 hours. Large, slow responding rivers, including the Thames, Trent and the Severn, are particularly at risk, according to the EA.

In North Yorkshire, the current areas of focus are Darlington, Pickering and Sinnington, where river levels are expected to peak later today.

The River Thames is expected to continue rising for up to the next two days and Environment Agency teams have deployed mobile defences to protect properties in Oxford.

Groundwater levels in Winterbourne Abbas, Dorset, also continue to rise. This may result in flooding of properties and the A35 trunk road in the next 48 hours. Groundwater levels in Cranbourne Chase (Dorset) are rising more slowly and could continue for several days, posing a risk to rural roads.

Latest figures show that about 960 homes have been flooded since Wednesday.

 

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