Floods LIVE: Storm Henk chaos as 1,000 homes are evacuated, victims show inside their


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Video shows flood evacuation by dinghy

Firefighters evacuated four properties in the Collingham area of Nottinghamshire this morning amid major flooding in the county. Here is a video of the rescue:

Trainer Paul Nicholls evacuates horses

Champion trainer Paul Nicholls has been forced to evacuate horses from his Ditcheat yard after flash flooding caused by Storm Henk.

Nicholls revealed six horses needed to be evacuated from the stables in Somerset following the downpour:

Furniture workshop in Newark is deluged

Ken Button works at Kirk and Bill’s, a furniture workshop in Farndon Road, Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire.

Water has risen up through the floorboards and drains due to flooding caused by Storm Henk, submerging the workshop.

Mr Button has been pumping water out today, after a major incident was declared along the River Trent in Nottinghamshire, which runs near to the workshop.

He said: ‘This is the second time I can ever remember it happening.

‘The last time was around 2000, and the building is well over 100 years old, and it hasn’t been a problem in the past, but for some reason or other it is now, which is presumably a sign of climate change.

‘It’s been a terrible start to the new year. We’ll have to see what we can salvage. I suppose the long-term solution is to raise the floor up, but at a cost.’

Flood water inside Kirk and Bill's, a furniture workshop in Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire. Water has risen up through the floorboards and drains due to flooding caused by Storm Henk, submerging the workshop. Picture date: Friday January 5, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story WEATHER Rain. Photo credit should read: Callum Parke/PA Wire
Flood water being pumped outside of Kirk and Bill's, a furniture workshop in Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire. Water has risen up through the floorboards and drains due to flooding caused by Storm Henk, submerging the workshop. Picture date: Friday January 5, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story WEATHER Rain. Photo credit should read: Callum Parke/PA Wire
Flood water inside Kirk and Bill's, a furniture workshop in Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire. Water has risen up through the floorboards and drains due to flooding caused by Storm Henk, submerging the workshop. Picture date: Friday January 5, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story WEATHER Rain. Photo credit should read: Callum Parke/PA Wire

Interior of flooded home in Tewkesbury

Among those affected by flooding this week is Matthew Bloodwoth, who was pictured today standing in his flooded home in Tewkesbury, next to the Gloucestershire town’s famous abbey. Here are some photographs from his deluged property:

Storm Henk Floods - Matthew Bloodworth stands in his flooded out home on Gloucester Road opposite Tewkesbury Abbey, Gloucestershire, after heavy rain from Storm Henk hits the UK - Pic Bruce Adams  / Copy Duffin - 5/1/24
Storm Henk Floods - Matthew Bloodworth stands in his flooded out home on Gloucester Road opposite Tewkesbury Abbey, Gloucestershire, after heavy rain from Storm Henk hits the UK - Pic Bruce Adams  / Copy Duffin - 5/1/24
Storm Henk Floods - Matthew Bloodworth stands in his flooded out home on Gloucester Road opposite Tewkesbury Abbey, Gloucestershire, after heavy rain from Storm Henk hits the UK - Pic Bruce Adams  / Copy Duffin - 5/1/24

Rishi Sunak says people should be ‘reassured’

Rishi Sunak has said that people should be ‘reassured’ by the response to flooding in badly affected areas.

The Prime Minister has faced calls to visit local areas, as well as criticism of Government support for flood defences.

Speaking to broadcasters in Stockport today, the Prime Minister said: ‘I spoke to people in the East Midlands yesterday who had been affected and talking to them about how devastating the impact of flooding is.

‘I just want people to be reassured that the Environment Agency has got people on the ground in all the affected areas, also hundreds of high volume pumps are in practice right now making a difference and it is important that people follow the advice that has been given in local areas where there are flood warnings that have been given.’

‘People should be reassured. The Environment Agency have people in the ground everywhere, absolutely recognise the urgency of what is happening and they are responding appropriately and with all due haste.’

STOCKPORT, ENGLAND - JANUARY 05: UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak talks during a visit to La Dolce Vita cafe in Marple, on January 5, 2024 in Stockport, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jacob King - Pool/Getty Images)

Wettest July to December period on record

The period between July and December last year was the wettest on record dating back to 1890, according to the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH).

Since September, the start of the storm year, there have been eight named storms to hit the UK, which is the highest number in a season to be named by the Met Office since it began naming them in 2015.

This has turned the country into what hydrologist Professor Hannah Cloke, from the University of Reading, described as a ‘sopping wet sponge’.

Peak maps for flood-risk rivers in Midlands

The Environment Agency has issued these latest peak maps for the rivers Severn, Avon, Wye and Teme, and urged residents living nearby to keep checking flood alerts and warnings for the latest information.

Demand for pumps and dehumidifiers soars

The public and tradespeople in Britain are preparing to deal with the effects of flooding and severe weather, data from Toolstation revealed today.

Demand for dirty water pumps have seen an increase of 391 per cent week-on-week, while dehumidifier sales have risen 148 per cent. Tarpaulins are up by 542 per cent.

Greg Richardson from Toolstation told MailOnline this afternoon: ‘Sales of products like water pumps and dehumidifiers are up and it’s no surprise as the nation continues to try and conquer the adverse weather.’

Home in Dunfermline devastated by floods

Shaun Tait’s home in the Fife town of Dunfermline has been devastated as flooding misery spreads across Britain.

This video on MailOnline shows how his property was drowned, with furniture, electronics and his bikes in floodwater.

64% of monthly rainfall for Nottinghamshire

Nottinghamshire has been the wettest county so far this month with two thirds of its average January rainfall in four days, according to ITV meteorologist Laura Tobin:

UK afternoon forecast for January 5, 2024

The Met Office said rain would continue for eastern areas this afternoon following the major flooding this week – while western parts will be brighter:

Met Office says conditions are ‘turning drier’

Met Office spokesman Oli Claydon said conditions are ‘turning considerably drier and improving all the time’, adding that the weather service has no rain warnings issued ‘for the first time in quite a while’.

He said the spell of rain that hit southern England yesterday is moving eastwards across the North Sea, leaving ‘some scattered showers across parts of the UK’, mostly in the northeastern parts of Scotland.

Mr Claydon said: ‘We’re heading to a more settled spell of weather, which will be very welcome for many people across the UK after what’s been a very wet start to 2024.

He said the ‘improved picture’ will continue into next week as high pressure starts to build and ‘assert its dominance over UK weather’.

He said things will ‘turn a bit chillier’ on Monday because of an easterly flow of cold air across the southern half of the UK, adding that the breezy conditions will ‘make it feel really cold’.

1,000 properties in England flooded this week

More than 1,000 properties across England have been flooded this week, with commuters facing further travel disruption after heavy downpours across the UK, the Environment Agency has said.

Hundreds of flood warnings and alerts remained in place on Friday morning, despite improving weather conditions, with the Met Office forecasting drier weather over the weekend.

The Environment Agency said ongoing impacts are likely across much of England over the next five days because the ground is ‘completely saturated’.

Nottinghamshire residential park is flooded

People living at Radcliffe Residential Park in Nottinghamshire have been evacuated after the site endured major flooding when the River Trent burst its banks

Days of heavy rainfall have exacerbated conditions in already saturated areas in the wake of Storm Henk, which caused widespread damage across parts of the UK.

These photos show flooding in the area, as well as residents Sue and Hans Oosthuizen who have become trapped by floodwater at the site.

Radcliffe Residential Park, Nottinghamshire is hit by flood water as the River Trent bursts it's banks following Storm Henk. January 05 2024.
Sue and Hans Oosthuizen, residents trapped by flood water on Radcliffe Residential Park, Nottinghamshire, after the River Trent burst it's banks  following Storm Henk.  January 5 2024. . See SWNS story SWBNfloods.
Radcliffe Residential Park, Nottinghamshire is hit by flood water as the River Trent bursts it's banks following Storm Henk. January 05 2024.

Debbie McGee’s home surrounded by floods

The home of Debbie McGee, the assistant and widow of magician Paul Daniels, has become surrounded by floodwater after the River Thames broke its banks following the heavy rain. See the photos here:

W8media .Debbie McGee Home.The thameside £3m home of radio presenter Debbie McGee is surrounded by water as the river thames breaks its banks after all the recent heavy rain fall.According to neighbours she has had to move out the house temporarily as even all the roads surrounding the house are 4ft under water making access to her home very difficult for the widow of magician Paul Daniels05/01/2023
W8media .Debbie McGee Home.The thameside £3m home of radio presenter Debbie McGee is surrounded by water as the river thames breaks its banks after all the recent heavy rain fall.According to neighbours she has had to move out the house temporarily as even all the roads surrounding the house are 4ft under water making access to her home very difficult for the widow of magician Paul Daniels05/01/2023
W8media .Debbie McGee Home.The thameside £3m home of radio presenter Debbie McGee is surrounded by water as the river thames breaks its banks after all the recent heavy rain fall.According to neighbours she has had to move out the house temporarily as even all the roads surrounding the house are 4ft under water making access to her home very difficult for the widow of magician Paul Daniels05/01/2023

Flood-hit pub owner enjoys pint of Guinness

One pub owner hit by floods in a Worcestershire village was seen drinking a pint of Guinness in waist-deep water.

Andrew Goodall revealed it was the third time the Rose and Crown in Severn Stoke has been flooded in the past year. Watch the video on MailOnline here:

Government ‘asleep at the wheel’ over floods

Labour has accused the Government of being ‘asleep at the wheel’ over flood warnings.

The party wants Rishi Sunak to convene a ‘Cobra-style taskforce’ to protect homes from further damage.

In a joint statement shadow Cabinet Office minister Pat McFadden and shadow environment secretary Steve Reed said: ‘The Conservatives have brushed over the risk of flooding for too long and communities are paying the price.

‘Rishi Sunak has been asleep at the wheel and he must act now or risk further damage to lives and livelihoods.

‘This is not about extra money. This is about ensuring that the budget already committed to flood defences is used to maximum effect. If that doesn’t happen, homes across the country will remain exposed.

‘Labour would create a Cobra-style Flood Resilience Taskforce to coordinate flood preparation and protect more households from the threats posed by climate change and flooding.’

Man protects home with his own flood defence

A man from Worcestershire has managed to keep his home dry, despite living in an area prone to flooding, after building a flood wall around his property.

Nick Lupton, who lives next to the River Severn, has had his home flooded 11 times since 2016. But this time it has been protected by his defences:

A man from Worcestershire has managed to keep his home dry, despite living in an area prone to flooding, after building a flood wall around his property.Nick Lupton, who lives next to the River Severn, has had his home flooded eleven times since 2016. Worcester, Worcestershire.January 5 2024. See SWNS story SWLNcanute.
Man builds his own defence wall to protect homeClose. A man from Worcestershire has managed to keep his home dry, despite living in an area prone to flooding, after building a flood wall around his property. Nick Lupton, who lives next to the River Severn, told the BBC that his home has been flooded eleven times since 2016. However, he's said he and his wife Annie have never had to claim on insurance having been able to keep their home dry with various measures. Daily Mail Grabs from BBC News @10 - 04/01/2024
A man from Worcestershire has managed to keep his home dry, despite living in an area prone to flooding, after building a flood wall around his property.Nick Lupton, who lives next to the River Severn, has had his home flooded eleven times since 2016. Worcester, Worcestershire.January 5 2024. See SWNS story SWLNcanute.

Weather forecast for today and weekend

Following 40 days of continuous rain, showers continued into this morning affecting parts of south-western and eastern areas as well as parts of Wales and Scotland.

But the weather is set to improve this weekend – with more settled, colder conditions moving in and bringing an increased chance of sunshine and frosty nights.

50 people are evacuated in East London

In East London, some 50 people were evacuated after streets turned into rivers in Hackney Wick.

Ten fire engines and 70 firefighters were called to the scene when water started racing down the banks of the canal into residential streets and ground floor flats.

© Licensed to London News Pictures. 05/01/2024. London, UK. Smeed Road in Hackney Wick is covered in floodwater as ten fire engines & around 70 firefighters have been called to tackle the flood. Storm Henk causes heavy prolonged rain in parts of the UK. Photo credit: Marcin Nowak/LNP
© Licensed to London News Pictures. 05/01/2024. London, UK. Smeed Road in Hackney Wick is covered in floodwater as ten fire engines & around 70 firefighters have been called to tackle the flood. Storm Henk causes heavy prolonged rain in parts of the UK. Photo credit: Marcin Nowak/LNP
© Licensed to London News Pictures. 05/01/2024. London, UK. Residents of the house on Smeed Road in Hackney Wick get rid of floodwater after ten fire engines and around 70 firefighters were called to battle flood in east London. Storm Henk causes heavy prolonged rain in parts of the UK. Photo credit: Marcin Nowak/LNP

Rishi Sunak ‘should visit flood-hit areas’

Rishi Sunak should visit areas impacted by flooding, the Liberal Democrats have said.

The party’s spokeswoman for housing and communities Helen Morgan said: ‘The Prime Minister should see for himself the devastation caused by these floods. People’s homes and businesses have been ruined yet again.

‘If Rishi Sunak actually met with people impacted by this annual carnage, then he might do something about it.

‘Under this Government flood protection plans for homes have been disgracefully slashed. This must be reversed immediately.

‘This has to be the last year areas like mine in Shropshire are left to fend for themselves against floods.’

Narrowboat pushed sideways against bridge

Photos have revealed a narrowboat pushed sideways against a bridge as water streams past it on the River Soar in Barrow upon Soar, Leicestershire, amid widespread flooding in the Midlands.

Local resident Sam Harper Ard, 27, said ‘I live in the village and take my kayak out regularly on that stretch of the River Soar and I’ve never seen it so high.’

The PR manager said that ‘narrowboats are a real part of the community here’ so seeing a canal boat affected by the flooding was ‘really sad’.

‘I hope the owners and everyone involved is safe,’ he said.

BARROW ON SOAR, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 05: A narrow boat lays next to a road bridge over the River Soar after being swept away by flooding in the aftermath of Storm Henk on January 05, 2024 in Barrow on Soar, United Kingdom. Days of heavy rainfall have exacerbated conditions in already saturated areas in the wake of Storm Henk, which caused widespread damage across parts of the UK, with winds of more than 90mph sweeping across some regions. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
BARROW ON SOAR, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 05: A narrow boat lays next to a road bridge over the River Soar after being swept away by flooding in the aftermath of Storm Henk on January 05, 2024 in Barrow on Soar, United Kingdom. Days of heavy rainfall have exacerbated conditions in already saturated areas in the wake of Storm Henk, which caused widespread damage across parts of the UK, with winds of more than 90mph sweeping across some regions. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
BARROW ON SOAR, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 05: A narrow boat lays next to a road bridge over the River Soar after being swept away by flooding in the aftermath of Storm Henk on January 05, 2024 in Barrow on Soar, United Kingdom. Days of heavy rainfall have exacerbated conditions in already saturated areas in the wake of Storm Henk, which caused widespread damage across parts of the UK, with winds of more than 90mph sweeping across some regions. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

South Western Railway warns of major delays

South Western Railway services are disrupted across its entire network, with major issues on its west of England routes.

The operator said: ‘Whilst we expect water levels to drop and most of the network to reopen today, South Western Railway will not be able to operate services between Yeovil Junction and Exeter because of a landslip near Crewkerne.

‘A precarious tree is also causing disruption to journeys between Ash and Wanborough. Services may be cancelled, delayed by up to 30 minutes or revised until 10.30am.

‘Disruption to the rest of the network is expected to last throughout today due to displaced trains and crews. South Western Railway urges everyone to check before they travel to see whether their train is running as planned.’

Photos reveal Tewkesbury flooding chaos

One of the worst-hit areas by flooding this week has been Tewkesbury, which is now almost cut off with just one major road remaining open to the centre of the town.

See these astonishing aerial photographs taken today, which show how the area of Gloucestershire has been devastated:

Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, UK. 5th January 2024. Tewkesbury is almost cut off by flooding caused by Storm Henk with just one major road remaining open to the centre of the historic town. Updating motorists on Friday morning, Gloucestershire Police Specialist Ops said Gloucester Road and Bredon Road remain closed due to rising river levels. But they said: Mythe Road is currently open, but please drive carefully.
Storm Henk Floods - Flooding around Tewkesbury Abbey and town, Gloucestershire, after heavy rain from Storm Henk hits the UK - Pic Bruce Adams  / Copy Duffin - 5/1/24
Storm Henk Floods - Flooding around Tewkesbury Abbey and town, Gloucestershire, after heavy rain from Storm Henk hits the UK - Pic Bruce Adams  / Copy Duffin - 5/1/24

Great Western Railway ‘significant disruption’

Great Western Railway warned there is ‘significant disruption’ to its services.

In an alert to passengers, the operator said: ‘We’re experiencing significant disruption on the network. Please check before you travel. Flooding and a serious incident near Reading last night, which involved police taking control of the line, has left trains and crew in the wrong place. We’re sorry for the disruption customers experienced.

‘Short-notice cancellations and a reduced level of service on long-distance routes are expected throughout the day.’

The incident near Reading involved a person being struck by a train.

Flooding has closed the railway between Swindon and Bristol Parkway, between Reading and Castle Cary, and between Liskeard and Looe.

Flooding from Storm Henk has revealed the outline of an English Civil War fort.

Aerial photos show The Earith Bulwark in the Cambridgeshire Fens, which was built in 1643 to protect crossing points on the local rivers, including the River Great Ouse.

The heavy rain helped fill a moat around the earthworks, highlighting the 400-year-old fort which was built by Oliver Cromwell’s forces. Read the full story here:

Horses are rescued from yard amid flooding

This is the moment horses were evacuated from the yard of champion trainer Paul Nicholls at Ditcheat in Somerset after the animals were left ‘literally floating’.

This video shows a worker carefully guiding one of the thoroughbreds through the water amid major flooding in the area. Watch it on MailOnline here:

Flood-hit residents survey property damage

In Oxfordshire, flood-hit resident Doreen Cole has been surveying the damage to her property after heavy rains and sewer system overflows caused the River Cherwell to break its banks in Islip.

Days of heavy rainfall have exacerbated conditions in already saturated areas in the wake of Storm Henk, which caused widespread damage across parts of the UK.

See the photographs of Ms Cole looking at her property here:

ISLIP, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 05: Doreen Cole surveys the damage to her property after heavy rains and sewer system overflows caused the River Cherwell to break its banks on January 05, 2024 in Islip, United Kingdom. Days of heavy rainfall have exacerbated conditions in already saturated areas in the wake of Storm Henk, which caused widespread damage across parts of the UK, with winds of more than 90mph sweeping across some regions. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)
ISLIP, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 05: Doreen Cole surveys the damage to her property after heavy rains and sewer system overflows caused the River Cherwell to break its banks on January 05, 2024 in Islip, United Kingdom. Days of heavy rainfall have exacerbated conditions in already saturated areas in the wake of Storm Henk, which caused widespread damage across parts of the UK, with winds of more than 90mph sweeping across some regions. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)
ISLIP, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 05: Doreen Cole surveys the damage to her property after heavy rains and sewer system overflows caused the River Cherwell to break its banks on January 05, 2024 in Islip, United Kingdom. Days of heavy rainfall have exacerbated conditions in already saturated areas in the wake of Storm Henk, which caused widespread damage across parts of the UK, with winds of more than 90mph sweeping across some regions. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)
ISLIP, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 05: Doreen Cole surveys the damage to her property after heavy rains and sewer system overflows caused the River Cherwell to break its banks on January 05, 2024 in Islip, United Kingdom. Days of heavy rainfall have exacerbated conditions in already saturated areas in the wake of Storm Henk, which caused widespread damage across parts of the UK, with winds of more than 90mph sweeping across some regions. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

A party boat sunk and dozens of people had to be led to safety after heavy rain and flooding battered London amid Storm Henk.

The party boat, which is a floating bar, restaurant and nightclub, sank in the River Thames as torrential rainfall hit the capital.

A spokesman for the Bar & Co boat, which was moored at Temple Pier, said it likely sunk because of weather conditions. Here is the full story on MailOnline:

Cows drown in flooded field in Derbyshire

A number of cows drowned in the village of Sawley, Derbyshire, yesterday – prompting an animal welfare investigation.

A statement from Derbyshire Constabulary said: ‘Following calls relating to cattle in a flooded field at Sawley, close to the M1 officers from Derbyshire Constabulary’s Rural Crime Team attended with Derbyshire Fire Rescue Service and were able to save some of the cows.

‘Unfortunately, a number had already drowned and an animal welfare investigation is now underway.’

Met Office forecast for January 5, 2024

Here is the morning forecast map from the Met Office as showers continue in parts of the country following torrential rain yesterday that has caused flooding chaos:

Let’s start with a look at our top story today, which is that flooding misery is spreading across today as hundreds of people are evacuated, cows drowned, rail lines are blocked and roads turn to rivers amid torrential rain.

Read the full story and see all the pictures on MailOnline by clicking below:

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Good morning and welcome to MailOnline’s weather liveblog.

Stay with us for updates throughout today as hundreds of flood warnings remain in place and commuters face more travel disruption after further heavy downpours following Storm Henk.





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