UK mops up after floods


Summary

Meteorologists said the three months from May to July were the wettest in England and Wales since records began in 1766.

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VIDEO: Water crisis continues

A father and his son died while cleaning up a flooded rugby club office in the town of Tewkesbury. The fire and rescue service for the Gloucestershire region said they may have been overcome by fumes from a gas-powered pump.

"They wanted to get it cleaned out and for the club to get going again," club member Les Adams said.

Tewkesbury, a historic market town famed for its abbey was one of the communities most severely flooded by torrential rains that began last week.

In Gloucestershire about 350,000 people were still without drinking water as workers laboured to clean up a flood damage that overwhelmed a pumping station and water mains.

The regional water service was trying to restore service to about 10,000 households, but the water would be usable only for bathing and flushing toilets.

To the east, water levels started to fall in Oxford, though they remained high. Farther down the River Thames, fears of flooding eased as water levels stabilised.

Wettest summer on record

Britain has had one of its wettest summers on record – a sharp contrast to last summer, which was one of its driest and hottest.

The flooding is the worst in 60 years.

Figures released by the weather forecasting agency, the Met Office, showed that 387.6 millimetres of rain has fallen across England and Wales, the most since records were first kept in 1766.

Even with the month not yet over, the total rainfall amount is already more than twice the May-to-June average, which is 186.3 millimetres.

Oxford University escaped damage. Most of the university's buildings are perched above swollen waterways that forced nearly 100 residents from their homes earlier this week.

Government officials said they would consider suspending tax collection for people affected by the flooding. Financial Secretary

Jane Kennedy said the customs and revenue service would not charge penalties for late payments.

The queen made a donation to the British Red Cross's National

Floods Appeal, Buckingham Palace said, but did not reveal the amount of the donation. Prince Charles, the heir to the throne, will visit flood-hit areas in Gloucestershire on Friday.

Along with the father and son who were reported dead today, a man drowned in Bedford after jumping into the swollen River Great Ouse.

A Tewkesbury woman's premature twins died this week when paramedics could not reach her by road after she called to say she had gone into labour. A 19-year-old Tewkesbury man went missing early Saturday after he left a bar in the deluged town.


Meteorologists said the three months from May to July were the wettest in England and Wales since records began in 1766.

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VIDEO: Water crisis continues

A father and his son died while cleaning up a flooded rugby club office in the town of Tewkesbury. The fire and rescue service for the Gloucestershire region said they may have been overcome by fumes from a gas-powered pump.

"They wanted to get it cleaned out and for the club to get going again," club member Les Adams said.

Tewkesbury, a historic market town famed for its abbey was one of the communities most severely flooded by torrential rains that began last week.

In Gloucestershire about 350,000 people were still without drinking water as workers laboured to clean up a flood damage that overwhelmed a pumping station and water mains.

The regional water service was trying to restore service to about 10,000 households, but the water would be usable only for bathing and flushing toilets.

To the east, water levels started to fall in Oxford, though they remained high. Farther down the River Thames, fears of flooding eased as water levels stabilised.

Wettest summer on record

Britain has had one of its wettest summers on record – a sharp contrast to last summer, which was one of its driest and hottest.

The flooding is the worst in 60 years.

Figures released by the weather forecasting agency, the Met Office, showed that 387.6 millimetres of rain has fallen across England and Wales, the most since records were first kept in 1766.

Even with the month not yet over, the total rainfall amount is already more than twice the May-to-June average, which is 186.3 millimetres.

Oxford University escaped damage. Most of the university's buildings are perched above swollen waterways that forced nearly 100 residents from their homes earlier this week.

Government officials said they would consider suspending tax collection for people affected by the flooding. Financial Secretary

Jane Kennedy said the customs and revenue service would not charge penalties for late payments.

The queen made a donation to the British Red Cross's National

Floods Appeal, Buckingham Palace said, but did not reveal the amount of the donation. Prince Charles, the heir to the throne, will visit flood-hit areas in Gloucestershire on Friday.

Along with the father and son who were reported dead today, a man drowned in Bedford after jumping into the swollen River Great Ouse.

A Tewkesbury woman's premature twins died this week when paramedics could not reach her by road after she called to say she had gone into labour. A 19-year-old Tewkesbury man went missing early Saturday after he left a bar in the deluged town.