Hundreds of properties are at risk from Storm Dennis, the Environment Agency has said, as the worst flooding of the winter is predicted to hit Britain.
The Met Office has predicted 1,200-mile wide Storm Dennis will bring a month of rainfall in just 24 hours when it hits the UK tomorrow.
Many towns and villages are not yet recovered from Storm Ciara, and the water has not yet drained away from flood plains and other defences. Some of the worst-hit areas faced snow shortly after, and this will melt as the heavy rain hits at the weekend, causing even more water to flood into stricken communities.
Paul Davis, principal meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “With Ciara the rain was heavy but swift.
“With Dennis we are concerned about the longevity of the rainfall.”