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Tuesday, 5 February, 2002, 13:28 GMT
Floods continue amid heavy rain
Wading through floods in Abergavenny, Wales
More households have been battling flooding on Tuesday as torrential rain continued in many parts of the UK.

Severe flood warnings are still in place around the River Monnow in south-east Wales, and the Environment Agency has 34 other flood warnings in the Midlands, south-west England and Wales.

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Flood watches - where flooding could be possible - remained in force at 120 other locations by Tuesday lunchtime.

Wales has borne the brunt of the bad weather, with strong winds and heavy rain affecting the entire country.

Ferry services across the Irish Sea have been disrupted because of adverse weather conditons.

Gloucestershire, Bristol, Wiltshire, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall have also been suffering torrential rain and blustery winds.

Weather forecasters say an improvement to the weather will only come on Wednesday.

Heavy seas

In Cornwall "fearsome" weather has been hampering an attempt to refloat a stricken cargo ship.

The Kodima ran aground on Saturday after its crew were rescued in heavy seas.

Bad weather prevented a salvage team from boarding the ship, which is listing at around 15 degrees in Whitsand Bay, to make safe its 456-tonne cargo of oil.

Experts now say they will be unable to launch any salvage effort until Thursday.
Cornish coast
Timber has been washed up in Cornwall

The coastguard is also warning people who are salvaging thousands of planks of pine wood washed up from the Kodima that the activity is illegal.

Hundreds of people have collected the wood and driven away with it in vans, trucks and family cars.

In Wales 20 families evacuated from their mobile homes in Monmouth as the River Wye rose have been allowed to return.

Burst water and sewerage mains have hindered efforts to assess a landslide at Clydach Gorge on the A465 near Abergavenny, south Wales, which slipped on Saturday.

Fifteen families have been evacuated from their homes and the local school closed.

'Freak vacuum'

A fisherman who was rescued by coastguards after being swept off a stone pier into the sea at Porthcawl remains in a critical condition.

In Scotland storms have caused more than 250,000 worth of damage to St Ninian's Cathedral in Perth, after high winds caused a "freak vacuum" to develop inside the building.

The Scottish Episcopal Church said the building has been forced to close because masonry has been dislodged and part of the roof has cracked.

The death toll in Britain from a week of gales and flooding has reached 12.

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