Evacuations and Rescues After Storm Henk Leaves Widespread Flooding

Evacuations and Rescues After Storm Henk Leaves Widespread Flooding

04 January 2024

Dozens of people have been rescued from vehicles trapped in flood waters. Firefighters and police have also carried out evacuations in parts of Northamptonshire and Worcestershire.

Ground has been saturated for some time across the UK following a series of winter storms. Storm Henk comes just days after Storm Gerrit hit in late December 2023. Storm Babet flooded thousands of homes in October 2023.

The BBC reported hundreds of properties near the Severn in the West Midlands were flooded, in some cases for the fourth time this winter. Areas of the city of Worcester were flooded and some homes were evacuated. Flood waters from the Severn and Avon rivers surrounded the town of Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire.

Storm Henk is the first named storm of 2024 in the UK and the eighth so far this winter. Strong winds from the storm also caused widespread damage. One person died after a tree fell on a vehicle near Kemble in Gloucestershire. The Energy Networks Association reported power outages affected 107,000 homes during the peak of the storm.

The Met Office issued further warnings for heavy rain across the south of England from 04 to 05 January. As of 04 January, 273 flood warnings (flooding is expected) and 294 flood alerts (flooding is possible) were in place across England.

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