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Storm Babet live: Met Office ice warnings issued as flooding could last for days


Storm Babet: Plane skids off runway at Leeds Bradford Airport in extreme weather

New flood warnings are expected to last until next week, the Environment Agency said, after torrential rain from Storm Babet submerged hundreds of properties in water.

Maureen Gilbert, an 83-year-old grandmother who died while trying to flee her flooded home in Derbyshire, was confirmed on Sunday as one of seven people killed in weather-related incidents since Storm Babet hit earth.

Meanwhile, the Met Office has issued new nighttime ice warnings, which will remain in force across Scotland and northern England until 9am on Monday.

In England, where more than 1,250 properties were flooded, Nottinghamshire County Council urged residents of 500 homes to evacuate as it declared a major incident in Retford due to high water levels along the river Idle.

The Environment Agency said further flood warnings are expected for some of the worst affected areas next week – despite warnings of severe flooding, involving a risk of death or serious injury, being lifted.


Highland rail lines face major disruption

Two Highland train lines will face major disruption as work is underway to repair damage caused by Storm Babet over the weekend, ScotRail said.

“Almost all roads will be open tomorrow (October 23) and normal service will resume, but some early morning services from Fife will be disrupted,” he said on X, formerly Twitter.

The number of people who have died in incidents linked to deadly Storm Babet has risen to at least seven after a woman was found at her home in Derbyshire.

Alexander ButlerOctober 23, 2023 07:48


Those hardest hit by flooding could face ‘calmer days’

Those worst affected by flooding from Storm Babet could face “a few quieter days”, the Met Office has said.

Calmer weather on Monday could provide some respite and a chance for recovery, according to Met Office spokesman Dave Britton.

He added: “There is this pulse of rain heading north overnight later Monday and Tuesday, but the rest of the week looks to remain rather unsettled with spells of rain at times. »

Andy GregoryOctober 23, 2023 07:01


Watch: Winds from Storm Babet lift forest floor in incredible footage

Winds from Storm Babet lift forest floor in incredible footage

Andy GregoryOctober 23, 2023 06:01


‘It should never get this bad,’ says son of woman found dead in Derbyshire floods

Paul Gilbert, who found the body of his 80-year-old mother after her Derbyshire home was hit by flooding, told Sky News: “Nothing ever seems to get done. We are building more and more houses.

“The country cannot support the amount of water that is flowing. We should be able to survive 24 hours of rain. It should never be this bad.

“The rivers need to be clean, they need to be dredged, they need to be widened, they need to be cleaned.

“It’s an unfortunate thing, it might just be one person that it happened to.”

He added: “Yes, fire and rescue could have done a bit more, but if she was already gone, she was already gone. There is nothing else.

“But having to come find her myself was more upsetting for me. I didn’t want to find my own mother.

Maureen Gilbert, 83, was found dead by her son and grandson after they became concerned when her street in Chesterfield was flooded.

(Gilbert family / SWNS)

Andy GregoryOctober 23, 2023 05:06


Scottish council receives hundreds of donations for flood-affected residents

Angus Council said it had received an “overwhelming” response to a call for accommodation for people unable to return to their properties due to damage caused by flooding from Storm Babet.

A call for clothing and toiletries for those affected by the floods also led to hundreds of donations, said the local authority, which was subject to two rare rain “red alerts” this week – the first issued by the Met Office since the storm. Denis in 2020.

Angus and Aberdeenshire hit hard by flooding

(Andrew Milligan/PA)

Andy GregoryOctober 23, 2023 04:04


Humza Yousaf will travel to Brechin, hit by floods

Scottish First Minister Humza Yousaf will visit Brechin on Monday to see where the River South Esk overflowed and flooded dozens of homes last week during Storm Babet.

Residents living on River Street were the first alerted on Thursday to the danger of the body of water overtopping local flood defenses, as heavy downpours caused levels to rise rapidly.

Emergency services stepped up efforts to evacuate people from their properties on Friday morning as water began to overflow the defenses and engulf the street.

Respite centers were set up across the city for individuals and families forced to leave their homes and residents only began returning in large numbers on Sunday to assess the damage caused.

Mr Yousaf is expected to meet flood-affected residents during his visit and thank volunteers, local authority staff and emergency service personnel who played a role in the evacuation.

Sandbags were photographed next to a collapsed river wall on River Street in Brechin on Saturday.


Paul CargillOctober 23, 2023 03:05


Watch: Dogs play in sea foam as Storm Babet hits UK

Dogs play in sea foam as Storm Babet hits UK

Andy GregoryOctober 23, 2023 02:04


Flooding could continue into next week, Environment Agency warns

There could be further flooding in the coming days as affected households try to make their homes safe again, the Environment Agency has warned.

The agency said further flood warnings are expected for some of the worst-hit areas next week – despite severe flood warnings, involving a risk of death or serious injury, being lifted.

Around 1,250 properties in England were flooded and around 30,000 properties were protected, the statement said.

Andy GregoryOctober 23, 2023 01:02


An ice warning is now in force in parts of Scotland and England

A yellow ice warning is in force for parts of Scotland and the far north of England until 9am on Monday, the Met Office said.

Recent rainy weather and cold weather tonight could allow some areas of ice to form on untreated surfaces, the forecaster said.

Andy GregoryOctober 22, 2023 11:59 p.m.


Tribute to a woman who died after being swept into the river during the Babet storm

The family of Wendy Taylor, who died after being swept into a river during Storm Babet, have paid tribute to the 57-year-old as their “ray of sunshine”.

Andy GregoryOctober 22, 2023 11:01 p.m.



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