Friday, March 22, 2013

Snow forecast for much of Britain as onset of spring fails to shift bad weather

The Guardian (UK): There will be no let-up in the bad weather over the weekend, with snow across much of Britain and flooding expected in the south-west. On Thursday night emergency services responded to a surge in weather-related call-outs as heavy rainfall continued to blight communities.

The Environment Agency said it was monitoring river levels and was expecting to issue flood alerts and possibly more serious flood warnings for the south-west.

Cornwall council set up a designated control room to handle calls. A spokesman said the county's fire and rescue service received approximately 50 calls between 6pm and 9pm, with around 70 firefighters dealing with incidents across Cornwall.

"The main problem still appears to be surface water flooding which is continuing to affect a number of areas across Cornwall. There are reports of about eight properties flooded so far, although there are concerns at the rising water levels in Newlyn where the water is edging towards some commercial properties."…

From a 2009 snowfall in the UK, shot by Lars Plougmann, Wikimedia Commons via Flickr, under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license

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