UK flooding – Flood-hit Brits plunged into -10C freeze with 10cm of snow as they’re warned ‘the danger has not passed’

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FLOOD-HIT Brits are set to be plunged into a -10C freeze with 10cm of snow as they were warned "the danger hasn't passed".

It comes after Storm Christoph caused misery with more to come this weekend as heavy snow and ice hampers the clean-up.

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Drone images capture flood water after the River Severn burst its banks and engulfed Worcester county cricket ground,

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Drone images capture flood water after the River Severn burst its banks and engulfed Worcester county cricket ground,Credit: Phil Harrison/Triangle News

Drone images capture flood water caused by River Severn bursting its banks

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Drone images capture flood water caused by River Severn bursting its banksCredit: Phil Harrison/Triangle News

Water engulfed Worcester cricket ground and the surrounding area

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Water engulfed Worcester cricket ground and the surrounding areaCredit: Phil Harrison/Triangle News

Worcester was largely underwater today

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Worcester was largely underwater todayCredit: Phil Harrison/Triangle News

Drone images capture flood water caused by River Severn bursting its banks

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Drone images capture flood water caused by River Severn bursting its banksCredit: Phil Harrison/Triangle News

Flood-hit Brits face more misery with -10C temperatures

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Flood-hit Brits face more misery with -10C temperaturesCredit: Phil Harrison/Triangle News

The Met Office announced a yellow weather warning for snow and ice issued for Sunday.

A -10C big freeze is now set to take hold before more rain arrives next week which could see river levels rise once again.

Environment Secretary George Eustace said temporary flood defences had already saved 26,000 homes in the north west from disaster.

But in a stark warning he said: "The water levels remain high and there is the risk of possible further flooding next week.

'REMAIN VIGILANT'

"Everyone needs to remain vigilant, follow the advice and sign up for flood alerts. The danger has not passed.

"We are particularly monitoring the situation in Yorkshire as the water moves through those river systems and, of course, preparing for next week.

Heavy duty pumps were deployed to Greater Manchester after Storm Christoph lashed it with more than twice its average January rainfall in 48 hours.

Some areas in the region even saw their wettest January day ever.

Bolton was hit by nearly 7in of rain - more than double it's 3in average for the month.

The River Severn saw heavy rainfall this afternoon, bursting its banks near the English Bridge in Shrewsbury, Shropshire

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The River Severn saw heavy rainfall this afternoon, bursting its banks near the English Bridge in Shrewsbury, ShropshireCredit: Alamy Live News

The Met Office has issued a new yellow weather warning for 3am to 6pm on Sunday

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The Met Office has issued a new yellow weather warning for 3am to 6pm on Sunday

Cars have been left stranded in floodwaters in Shrewsbury

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Cars have been left stranded in floodwaters in ShrewsburyCredit: AFP or licensors

Josephine Mannion and budgie Joey are helped by firefighters from flooding in Sankey Bridges, Warrington

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Josephine Mannion and budgie Joey are helped by firefighters from flooding in Sankey Bridges, WarringtonCredit: Mirrorpix

Up to 600 workers battled round the clock to shore up the River Mersey and told how it came within centimetres of breaching.

They defied the odds stacked against them and yesterday dozens of flood warnings and alerts were downgraded.

Two of three severe 'danger to life' flood warnings were lifted whilst one for the River dee in Frandon, Cheshire, remained.

Evacuated residents also returned to their homes as experts estimated Storm Christoph had caused up to £120m of damage.

FAMILY RESCUED

Elderly care home residents were among those saved during dramatic rescue operations launched across the North West.

In Wales, a helicopter crew plucked a family trapped in their home by fast-flowing floodwater.

In Cheshire, the floodwaters were "subsiding" as more work continued to bolster the defences ahead of next week's downpours.

The Met Office said the south west was also barrelled by Christoph with parts of Cornwall seeing 7in during the two-day deluge.

The storm wreaked havoc across the UK , with large swathes of the country hit by severe flooding.

A yellow weather warning of snow and ice has been issued for Wales, southern and north-west England and western Scotland with disruption expected today.

A local walks through a flooded street after the River Ouse burst banks in York

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A local walks through a flooded street after the River Ouse burst banks in YorkCredit: Reuters

A man looks out at the damage on a flooded street in York

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A man looks out at the damage on a flooded street in YorkCredit: London News Pictures

A firefighter makes his way through floodwater to assist with evacuation efforts in and around Knutsford, Cheshire

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A firefighter makes his way through floodwater to assist with evacuation efforts in and around Knutsford, CheshireCredit: PA:Press Association

Over 170 flood alerts remain in place across large swathes of the UK today

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Over 170 flood alerts remain in place across large swathes of the UK today

The warning stretches across all of Wales, London, the South West and the South East, and runs from 3am to 6pm on Sunday.

According to the Met Office, the cold snap this weekend could bring up to 10cm of snow to hard-hit areas, with travel disruption expected.

Mr Snell added that temperatures could plunge as low as -10C in parts of Scotland, and dip to -7C in areas of England. 

He continued: “It will be feeling cold, I think that certainly that will be something that we will all be noticing it will be colder than it was to start the week.

“I think the main thing for most of us will be that we will see some frosty nights and with the ground wet from the rain we've had we may well see some icy patches."

Two severe flood warnings - meaning danger to life - were in place at midday on Friday for the River Dee at Farndon and the Lower Dee Valley from Llangollen to Trevalyn Meadows.

Floods near Mulcheleny in Somerset as the river Parrett burst it's banks

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Floods near Mulcheleny in Somerset as the river Parrett burst it's banksCredit: Apex News

Vehicles remain stranded this morning by the River Dee just outside Bangor-on-Dee, Wales

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Vehicles remain stranded this morning by the River Dee just outside Bangor-on-Dee, WalesCredit: Sky Cam/News Images

Sunrise over a frosty Harringworth Viaduct, Northamptonshire and flooded fields arounds the River Welney the day after Storm Christoph

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Sunrise over a frosty Harringworth Viaduct, Northamptonshire and flooded fields arounds the River Welney the day after Storm ChristophCredit: � Terry Harris / Mark Gilbert

An abandoned car seen in floodwater in Skeldergate, York, North Yorkshire in the aftermath of Storm Christoph this morning

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An abandoned car seen in floodwater in Skeldergate, York, North Yorkshire in the aftermath of Storm Christoph this morningCredit: News Images

It comes as heavy rainfall continues to bring floods to hard-hit areas of the UK.

The River Dee in Cheshire burst its banks in the early hours of this morning as a 68-year-old man was dramatically rescued from his car in floodwater in Aldford, Cheshire, Good Morning Britain reports.

GMB reporter Nick Dixon said: "Soon as I arrived, I could hear cries for help just behind me and there was a gentleman in his car, a 68 year old man, who evidently had been there for quite some time, three or four hours trapped in the floodwaters.

Streets have been turned to rivers in Warrington

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Streets have been turned to rivers in WarringtonCredit: Mirrorpix

The River Severn burst its banks along the stretch in Shropshire, flooding properties this morning

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The River Severn burst its banks along the stretch in Shropshire, flooding properties this morningCredit: Alamy Live News

A canoeist paddles past directional signs peeking out from the floodwaters in Shrewsbury

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A canoeist paddles past directional signs peeking out from the floodwaters in ShrewsburyCredit: AFP or licensors

Shropshire Fire and Rescue evacuate two people and a small French Bulldog from the top window of a house next to the swollen river Severn in Ironbridge

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Shropshire Fire and Rescue evacuate two people and a small French Bulldog from the top window of a house next to the swollen river Severn in IronbridgeCredit: Peter Goddard

"He was really quite distressed. Very very cold as well."

He added: "He tried to drive through the floodwater, which of course we're advised not to do, and he ended up just drifting away.

"The water was so deep, he was stuck. He had been stranded for several hours.

"Thankfully around about 6 o'clock, the firefighters arrived, and they were able to get a boat to him."

Mr Dixon added the man had been taken to hospital with "a mild case of hypothermia".

Emergency services were called to Skewen, Wales following reports of a large number of properties being evacuated due to flooding

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Emergency services were called to Skewen, Wales following reports of a large number of properties being evacuated due to floodingCredit: MEDIA WALES

A massive sinkhole brought down two houses in Manchester yesterday

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A massive sinkhole brought down two houses in Manchester yesterdayCredit: Ben Lack

A home sits right on the edge of a steep drop in Slaithwaite, Huddersfield, prompting fears of a land slip

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A home sits right on the edge of a steep drop in Slaithwaite, Huddersfield, prompting fears of a land slipCredit: PA:Press Association

A worker from Environmental Health checks on a property, which is up for sale, now surrounded by floodwater from the River Severn in Ironbridge, Shropshire

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A worker from Environmental Health checks on a property, which is up for sale, now surrounded by floodwater from the River Severn in Ironbridge, ShropshireCredit: PA:Press Association

Residents of a care home are evacuated after the river Weaver burst banks in Northwich

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Residents of a care home are evacuated after the river Weaver burst banks in NorthwichCredit: Reuters

Heavy frost is seen in the New Forest, Hampshire as temperatures plunge overnight

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Heavy frost is seen in the New Forest, Hampshire as temperatures plunge overnightCredit: Alamy Live News

Workmen battle through the flood water to try and prevent properties flooding further in York

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Workmen battle through the flood water to try and prevent properties flooding further in YorkCredit: London News Pictures

Gabrielle Burns-Smith in her flooded home on the outskirts of Lymm in Cheshire

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Gabrielle Burns-Smith in her flooded home on the outskirts of Lymm in CheshireCredit: PA:Press Association

A spokesman for Cheshire Constabulary said there had been about 100 people evacuated in Warrington, 48 in Northwich - where residents of a care home had to be taken to safety by firefighters - and four in Farndon.

Superintendent Julie Westgate said: "Whilst the heavy rain has stopped and flood waters are subsiding, a number of flood alerts and road closures remain in place and we are urging people to be aware of these and to only travel if it is absolutely essential.

"If you do need to go out please take extra care and allow more time for this as there is a risk of surface water flooding and weather-related debris in places."

Meanwhile, local leaders sought to assure residents in York, which was battered by torrential rain yesterday, that flood defences would hold later on today with the River Ouse due to peak at 15ft.

Pictures taken this afternoon show residents carrying belongings out of flooded homes.

Paula Widdowson, City of York councillor, told the BBC: "I know the river looks high and I understand residents' concerns, but they are safe."

The cold snap comes after more than a month’s rain fell in just 56 hours yesterday, turning rivers into raging torrents.

A massive sinkhole suddenly appeared in the road in Gorton, Manchester, bringing two homes crumbling to the ground.

Shocking footage shows the front of terraced houses collapsing as a man's voice can be heard shouting "get back!".

The properties sank into the ground, sending debris flying into neighbours down the street.

And heavy rainfall prompted fears of a landslip in Slaithwaite, Yorkshire as a house was seen dangling on the edge of a bank on the River Colne.

In Wales, more than six emergency service vehicles were called to the banks of the River Taff at Blackweir after a walker spotted a body.

Rescue teams were scouring the riverbank - but the flooded river was hampering the search.

Men clear snow around a plough which had become stuck in a snow drift in Lamancha, Scotland

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Men clear snow around a plough which had become stuck in a snow drift in Lamancha, ScotlandCredit: Getty Images - Getty

Workmen put up flood barriers overnight in York

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Workmen put up flood barriers overnight in YorkCredit: NB PRESS LTD

Shocking footage shows two homes collapse in Gorton, Manchester

Shocking footage shows two homes collapse in Gorton, Manchester

A car under water in floods in Silsden, West Yorkshire

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A car under water in floods in Silsden, West YorkshireCredit: Ben Lack

Roads turned to rivers in Wales as a homeowner begs for help

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Roads turned to rivers in Wales as a homeowner begs for helpCredit: Wales News Service

Boris Johnson has warned the worst is yet to come

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Boris Johnson has warned the worst is yet to comeCredit: AFP or licensors

Cops later recovered the body of a middle-aged man after divers went into the water.

Roads resembled rivers in Skewen, Wales. A resident shared a shocking video showing floodwaters rushing through the town.

"If anyone can help please... the whole street is flooded," she can be heard saying.

Forty-five residents - some in their mid-90s - at a care home in Northwich, Chesire had to be rescued by emergency services.

The floods left them stranded without electricity and heating.

Two thousand homes in Didsbury, Greater Manchester, were evacuated and residents relocated to nearby leisure centres and hotels.

But the herculean effort to stop the nearby River Mersey from breaching its banks protected 10,000 from catastrophe.

MERSEY MISSION

The river swelled to 10.7ft (3.27m) amid the downpours - beating the previous record by a foot - and came within a few centimetres of breaking its banks.

Workers used sluice gates and "improvised emergency flood defences" to keep it from rising further.

Boris Johnson flew to the north west to see the damage for himself yesterday as 8in of rain in just 48 hours saw rivers swell to record levels.

He praised brave workers who battled round-the-clock to shore up flood defences amid the devastating deluge.

But he warned worse was still to come with torrential downpours expected to rage on into the weekend and next week.

A police car trapped in flooding at Derby Rugby club as the river Derwent bursts its banks

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A police car trapped in flooding at Derby Rugby club as the river Derwent bursts its banksCredit: Alamy Live News

Flooding hit parts of Hereford yesterday turning roads into rivers

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Flooding hit parts of Hereford yesterday turning roads into riversCredit: Alamy Live News

An elderly woman is evacuated from a care home in Northwich

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An elderly woman is evacuated from a care home in NorthwichCredit: Getty Images - Getty

Cars were almost submerged after heavy downpours

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Cars were almost submerged after heavy downpoursCredit: SWNS:South West News Service

Flood Wardens and their helpers rescue residents from their flooded homes after the River Wye burst it's banks in Hereford

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Flood Wardens and their helpers rescue residents from their flooded homes after the River Wye burst it's banks in HerefordCredit: Rex Features

Fire crews were forced to rescue care home residents in Northwich

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Fire crews were forced to rescue care home residents in NorthwichCredit: SWNS:South West News Service

The PM applauded the work already done but cautioned: "There will be more to come, there will be further rain next week.

"It is vital that people who are in potentially affected areas follow the advice and get the Environment Agency flood alerts where they can."

Environment Secretary George Eustace said the flooding was a “real tragedy” for residents in hard-hit areas - but warned of further rainfall next week. 

He told BBC Breakfast: “We are particularly monitoring the situation in Yorkshire as the water moves through those river systems and, of course, preparing as well for next week where later next week more rain is expected."

In another blow, flood-hit areas could have their Covid vaccines diverted to other towns if water levels keep rising.

A Whitehall source told the Telegraph that vaccine supplies would be held back from jab centres that have had to close due to the storm.

'DANGER TO LIFE' WARNINGS

Last night, there were still three severe danger to life flood warnings in place, in addition to a staggering 400 flood warnings and alerts.

And river levels were continuing to rise with another 2in of rain on the way.

There are still yellow weather warnings for snow, ice and rain for the UK today in the wake of Storm Christoph.

The Met Office says that "heavy snow and strong winds will bring blizzard conditions at times and cause travel disruption.

"Ice will be an additional hazard in places."

Meanwhile, rescue workers were last night evacuating 50 elderly residents by boat after their retirement village was flooded beneath 5ft of water.

They were trapped inside Weaver Court in Northwich, Cheshire, after it was left without any electricity or heating due to the downpours.

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