More than 800 homes flooded in south-west over weekend


Wales and the north of England are preparing for floods as the storm that flooded 816 homes in the south heads towards them.

According to the BBC, there are currently almost 300 flood warnings and 300 flood alerts in England and Wales, with a further two alerts in Scotland.

The south-west of the country suffered severe flooding over the weekend. The BBC reported that Devon and Cornwall were particularly badly hit, as were Malmesbury in Wiltshire and Kempsey in Worcestershire.

The BBC weather centre said there had been 60mm of rain in south-west England. As the storm moves north, County Durham, Teesside, North Yorkshire and the Conwy area of north Wales are expected to be worst affected, the BBC said.

The Met Office has issued an amber warning for between 50mm and 70mm of rain by the end of today.

Heavy rain and flood risk are expected to continue until late on Tuesday.

Insurance companies’ results in 2012 so far have already been hit by the floods that hit the UK this summer. The period from April to June is considered the wettest since records began.

As the south-west was bracing for floods at the end of last week, accounting firm PwC estimated that the total 2012 flood bill for insurers would be £1bn.