Britain prepares for substantial rainfall over next 24 hours

Monday 26 November 2012 11.22
Driver killed after jeep got stuck under bridge
Driver killed after jeep got stuck under bridge

Flooding across Britain is set to worsen as experts warn of "substantial" rainfall in the next 24 hours.

It will compound misery for those in areas already suffering from severe floods following the downpours earlier this week.

Hundreds were forced to evacuate their homes and a driver was killed.

The Environment Agency has 52 flood warnings and 159 less serious flood alerts in place as England, Wales and Scotland.

Up to one inch of rain is expected and gusts of up to 60mph.

The EA has said nearly 300 properties had already flooded across the UK since Tuesday.

On Thursday night a man died when he became trapped in his 4x4 after it became wedged under a bridge in Chew Stoke, Somerset.

Many areas are already saturated with water following the persistent rainfall this week, despite yesterday's brief respite from the stormy weather.

Surface water flooding and river flooding has affected the south west, central and north west of England and Wales.

The British AA said the last few days had been some of its busiest for flood-related call-outs.

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