UK: Christmas Getaway Faces Rain Disruption

 Rail services are out because of the floods


Rail passengers and motorists are facing further disruption due to signalling failures on the rail networks and continued wet weather.

There are four severe flood warnings, meaning a danger to life, in place – two each in Cornwall and Devon.

First Great Western says rail problems are so severe in the south west of England that they are advising passengers not to travel, reports the BBC.

Heavy rain forecast for Saturday is likely to flood roads in many areas.

An Environment Agency severe flood warning has been issued in Helston, where 190 residents have been advised to leave their homes, and another is in force for the River Fowey from Trekeivesteps to Lostwithiel – all in Cornwall. Two severe warnings are also in place in locations in Braunton in Devon.

In total, the agency has issued more than 100 flood warnings, meaning flooding is expected, and more than 300 flood alerts, meaning flooding is possible, for England and Wales.

In Scotland, 12 flood alerts and 16 flood warnings have been issued by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa), with Tayside currently the worst affected area.

The Met Office has issued amber weather warnings for heavy rain in south west England, Yorkshire and Humbershire, Wales, central Scotland and the Grampians for Saturday and into Sunday morning.