LONDON: A man in his 60s was swept to his death after falling into the swollen River Tawe in, South Wales, yesterday morning. His body was recovered downstream.
That tragedy followed the deaths of two people on Saturday in rough seas when a month’s worth of rain fell and winds wreaked havoc across the country.
The Environment Agency said there was a record 594 flood warnings and alerts – including four severe “danger to life” warnings – in place.
It was the highest number ever issued at one time by the Environment Agency as torrential rain and winds lashed communities still reeling from last weekend’s Storm Ciara.
Meanwhile, a woman who went into the sea at Brighton in the early hours of yesterday is still missing.
Residents had to be rescued after water poured into their homes in south Wales and the Welsh borders yesterday as Storm Dennis caused a second day of disruption.
Warnings of severe flooding, which posed a danger to life, were in place in four locations for the River Teme on the Welsh borders and for the River Taff and River Neath in south Wales, English and Welsh environment agencies said.
Another 240 flood warnings were in place across England, 70 in Wales and 20 in Scotland yesterday afternoon.
“Agencies are continuing to deal with multiple floods and landslides, and have been required to evacuate residents from houses,” South Wales Police said in a statement.
“Some communities have been cut off as a result, but emergency service workers are working tirelessly to put measures in place to ensure the safety of residents.
“Many rescues have been carried out over the past few hours along with the evacuation of houses.”
Storm Dennis has hit Britain barely a week after Storm Ciara disrupted transport, flooded homes in northern England and left thousands without electricity.