Storm Franklin: Rivers burst banks 'poses risk' causing residents to evacuate


The UK is set to face its third storm in just seven days, with Storm Franklin following Dudley and Eunice. However, the third storm has caused Britain’s environment agencies to issue hundreds of warnings and alerts.

There were a total of 455 flood warnings and alerts in Great Britain as of 5am.

According to England’s Environment Agency, there are two severe flood warnings – meaning there is a danger to life.

Both severe warnings have been issued on the River Mersey.

The first is at East Didsbury and the second is at West Didsbury & Northenden.

An additional 183 warnings, in which flooding is expected, and 172 alerts, where flooding is possible, have been issued across England.

According to Sky News, South Yorkshire’s River Don has even burst its banks in Sprotbrough on Sunday, forcing local residents to evacuate from their homes.

South Yorkshire Police said: “We ask people to remain away from the area of Sprotbrough Falls and Sprotbrough Lock in Doncaster, after the River Don burst its banks in this location earlier this evening.

“Many of the footpaths in this area are presently underwater.

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“The water is fast flowing and poses a risk to people attempting to wade through it.

“Members of the public are being asked to remain away from the area at this time for their own safety. Thank you.”

Rotherham Central railway station, also in South Yorkshire, was flooded so badly that operators announced it would be closed until at least Tuesday.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has issued just 25 flood alerts and warnings, none of which are severe.

Seven of the SEPA’s identified areas are noted as flood alerts.

Whereas, the remaining 18 are all flood warnings.

In Wales, similarly to Scotland, there are no severe flood warnings.

However, there are a total of 26 flood warnings and 48 alerts.

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The River Severn, which separates parts of Wales from England, has also been identified as an area of concern, most notably in the area around the Marches county of Shropshire.

Sixteen out of Wales 74 notifications are located on the River Severn.

The Met Office issued an amber wind warning for Northern Ireland, which is currently set to last until 7am.

The UK’s national weather service warned: “A spell of very strong winds associated with Storm Franklin will bring disruption to parts of Northern Ireland early on Monday.”

They added: “A swathe of very strong west to northwesterly winds will reach the north coast of Northern Ireland late on Sunday evening, quickly moving south into the early hours of Monday.

“Gusts of 60-70 mph are expected widely and perhaps 80mph briefly near exposed northern coasts.

“Winds will ease steadily from the northwest during Monday morning.”

There is an additional wind warning in place until 1pm today.

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The yellow warning is expected to affect much of England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the south west of Scotland.

The Met Office said: “Winds are likely to strengthen across England and Wales on Sunday, as an increasingly squally band of rain moves south eastward.

“Gusts of 55-60 mph are expected widely around south and west facing coasts, but possibly also briefly inland.

“There is a chance that a few exposed places could see gusts near 70 mph.

“Strong gusts associated with blustery wintry showers will follow from the north.

“A swathe of very strong winds will reach Northern Ireland later Sunday evening in association with Storm Franklin.

“These very strong winds will spread to many other western, central and southern areas of the UK overnight and early Monday, with gusts widely 50-60 mph, whilst west facing coastal districts will see gusts of 65-75 mph and perhaps 80 mph briefly near north coast of Northern Ireland.

“In the south these strong winds may hamper, or slow, ongoing recovery efforts in the wake of Storm Eunice.

“Winds will ease steadily from the northwest during the remainder of Monday.”


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