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Sunday, 11 February, 2001, 05:14 GMT
Flooding fears as more rain is forecast
Flooding in Patrixbourne, Kent
It is the fifth flood this winter for some householders
River levels across Britain have dropped but people are being warned to remain vigilant with further rain forecast for Sunday.

Two severe flood warnings have been lifted from rivers in Kent - but 33 rivers in England and Wales remain on flood alert.

Yalding, Kent
Villagers in Yalding found alternative ways to shop
While heavy showers failed to hit the south of the country on Saturday afternoon, weather forecasters are predicting more rain in northern England, Wales and Scotland over the next 48 hours.

Melting snow in Scotland is also expected to result in floods as a thaw sets in.

In Yorkshire, areas close to the River Ouse which were badly flooded late last year have been inundated again.

Some of those worst affected in West Yorkshire will be visited by Prince Charles on Monday.

The bad weather was a blow to the families who had still not returned to their flood-damaged homes since the last deluge, said Ray Kemp from the Environment Agency.

'Heartbreaking' damage

"It's very sad that they're just getting their houses dried out and the rains come and unfortunately they're back to the beginning."

Severe flood warnings were removed on Saturday from the rivers Beult and Teise at the Kent village of Yalding.

It has been particularly affected by flooding over the last few months.

Yalding, Kent
It is the fifth flood in months for many homes
Yalding village postmistress Margaret Reavill said those on the river front had not been able to live in their homes since the first and most severe flood on 12 October.

"I feel sorry for the people living near the river. It must be heartbreaking."

Mother-of-two Lisa Cleggett, 33, who lives in Yalding's Lyng Close, spent seven weeks in a hotel when her family was evacuated in October.

"The repairs to the house are now three quarters completed - and it could be flooded again. It's a nightmare really, it's a real struggle to keep going."

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