Britain braced for further weather chaos, after motorist is killed by falling tree

Britain braced for further weather chaos, after motorist is kil-led by falling tree

More than 500 properties are believed to have been been flooded during the storm, according to the environment secretary, Theresa Villiers, with the number expected to rise further.

Villiers said between 40 and 80cm of rain had fallen within 24 hours across much of northern England, with the highest levels recorded in Cumbria with 179.8cm.

Making a statement to MPs, she told the Commons: “Particularly severe impacts have been felt in Yorkshire along the River Calder, in Lancashire along the River Ribble, in Great Manchester along the Irwell and in Appleby on the Eden.”  

Ms Villiers added: “The current estimate is that over 500 properties have been flooded but this number is expected to increase as further information is collected.  

“The latest number of properties confirmed to have been flooded are 40 in Cumbria, 100 in Lancashire, 150 in Greater Manchester and 260 in Yorkshire.”

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