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The BBC's Richard Bilton
"More and more of the country is being affected"
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Monday, 6 November, 2000, 17:37 GMT
Two dead as storms return
York waterfront
Much of York remains underwater
Britain is facing fresh flood alerts on Monday as many areas risk being swamped again by yet more rain.

Two people were killed after a large tree blew down and crushed their car on the B4361 at Richard's Castle, Shropshire, shortly after 0730 GMT on Monday.

The driver of the car is in a critical condition in hospital with head and spinal injuries.

As rain continued to fall in many parts of the UK, Downing Street said the Countryside Minister Elliot Morley would make a statement on the flooding to the House of Commons at 1530 GMT on Monday.

Rescued

The River Uck, at Uckfield, East Sussex, flooded the town for the second time in three weeks.

The River Frome in Dorchester, Dorset, flooded at 0530 BST on Monday.

An elderly woman was rescued from her flooded home by the fire crews at Tipton St John, in east Devon.

Across Devon the heavy rain led to a number of homes being flooded.

The fire service was called to pump out homes across at Honiton, Axminister, Cullompton and Bampton.

Satellite image
A satellite image of the low pressure system sweeping across the UK
In Exton, Hampshire, eight families were evacuated to a local pub after the town was flooded by three feet of water.

Flintshire, Denbighshire and Wrexham, in north east Wales, experienced their worst flooding so far.

In Yorkshire, rain water was moving downstream threatening the villages of Gowdall and Sneith.

Water levels on several northern rivers are rising after more than an inch of rain fell in 24 hours.

Heavy rain

Heavy rain began to fall on Sunday on York, which escaped further flooding over the weekend as water levels peaked without breaching defences.

The Environment Agency said it would be several hours before the fresh downpour had an impact on the city, but warned the rain could continue until Tuesday.

Flooded racecourse at York
York racecourse provides an unexpected opportunity to try out a dinghy
More flooding is expected across the country as another band of heavy rain coming in from the Atlantic starts to spread from the west, striking the whole of England and Wales.

There was likely to be 35-40mm in 24 hours in most areas, the agency added.

Severe flood warnings were announced on Monday for the River Thames between Henley and Worcester, River Rother in east Sussex, the Western Rother in west Sussex and the River Beult in Kent.

There are now 23 severe flood warnings across England and Wales. A further 66 flood warnings remain in force.

Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott
John Prescott inspects the flooding in York
John Prescott has pledged a new national recovery team to help flood victims, with the promise of 51m extra funding for flood defences and warning systems.

Mr Prescott added that he had asked insurance companies to speed up payments.

Flood damage claims were estimated to run to hundreds of millions of pounds.

Experts have also warned homeowners that property values in flood-prone areas are likely to plummet.

Severe flood warnings
River Ouse - Naburn and Acaster Malbis
Lower Ouse - Barlby to Selby
The Aire at Gowdall
Derwent, Lower Derwent - Elvington to Barmby, Malton and Norton
Lower Dee - Llangollen to Chester
River Severn - Worcester to Gloucester
River Rother - Mayfield to Newenden
Western Rother - Liss to Midhurst
River Beult - Pluckley to Bethersden
River Cuckmere - Hellingly
Scrasebridge Stream - Lindfield and Haywards Heath
River Teise - between Lamberhurst and Yalding
Lesser Teise - between Lamberhurst and Yalding
River Churnet - Leek to Rocester
River Dove - Rocester to Uttoxeter
River Frome - Dorchester
River Uck - Uckfield
River Thames - Henley to Worcester

The south west of England and Wales were hit first on Sunday, with heavy rainfall all day and high winds felling trees and causing travel disruption.

The bad weather swept southern England and moved into the Midlands, where parts of the River Severn are at critical levels.

In York, one of the places worst hit by the recent flooding, river levels fell steadily on Sunday, down by three feet from Saturday morning's peak.

Flood defences in the historic walled city were shored up with 15,000 sandbags in a huge weekend operation involving the emergency services, army and local people.

The long suffering residents of Yalding in Kent are also fearing the worst only a week after much of the village was left underwater when the River Medway burst its banks.

Floodline: 0845 988 1188

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