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Last Updated: Wednesday January 16 2008 07:41 GMT

More storms and floods on the way

A mobile flood barrier along the burst banks of the river at Upton-upon-Severn, Worcestershire

There's no sign of an end to the bad weather sweeping the UK, and there are fears it could cause loads of problems over the next couple of days.

Since Monday night, many parts of the country have been hit by heavy rain and severe gales, with the West Midlands and Wales worst affected.

Some people fear there will be a repeat of last year's bad flooding, which damaged many homes.

But experts say the storms are nowhere near as bad as last year.

People who were worst hit fear it will happen again and have been trying to protect their homes.

Some families have moved all their things upstairs in case of more floods.

They are also using sandbags and rolled-up carpets to protect their homes from any flood waters.

But an environment expert said: "It seems that Wales and the West Midlands is getting the worst weather but we should make it clear that it is currently nowhere near the scale of last summer, when there were more than 100 flood warnings."

"The problems will continue throughout the week. The next few days will be crucial," he added.

Many flood warnings have been in place since Friday, when flash flooding caused problems on roads and railways.

The rain is expect to ease on Sunday, but forecasters are predicting more storms for Thursday, which could lead to more flooding.

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