63 flood alerts issued as agency plays down repeat of 2007

The Environment Agency has said described the next 48 hours as "crucial" after heavy rainfall barraged and England and Wales.

In Western and South East England severe gales, coupled with heavy rain, led to the agency issuing 63 flood warnings.

With rain of op to one inch being expected, flash floods have been predicted across areas of England and Wales.

A spokesman for the Environment Agency said: "It seems that Wales and the West Midlands is getting the worst weather at the moment 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."