Right now, the UK is in the middle of dealing with a lot of rain. So much rain, in fact, that there have been 59 flood warnings issued by the Environment Agency. Currently, experts fear that the North East and Pennines are going to get the worst part of the storm.
Due to these floods, homes, schools, and roads are being closed and evacuated. Some areas of the UK have actually experienced a whole month’s worth of rain in just a 24-hour period. Needless to say, the ground has absorbed about all the water it can, and this is causing the streets to overflow.
In total, about 85 properties have been evacuated for safety reasons. Two schools have been included in this list. Both of these schools are in Morpeth, Northumberland. Roads have been closed as well. In fact, there are two lanes near the M6 that are closed due to standing water. This has of course caused travel delays. One crash has already been reported, which resulted in a 24-year-old woman being taken to a nearby hospital.
A spokeswoman for the Environment Agency said that they are trying to remind people not to walk in flood water. People should also not attempt to drive through flood water. If the car was to become trapped, emergency service personnel would have to be deployed to help, and their services can be used elsewhere.
This onslaught of rain has already claimed a number of lives. In fact, local emergency personnel have stated that two babies have already been killed as a result of the flood waters. Let this be a reminder to people to avoid flood waters at all costs.