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Storm Dennis brings flood warnings

Weather experts are warning Storm Dennis could inflict more damage this weekend than Storm Ciara, with a “perfect storm” caused by a combination of heavy rain, strong winds and melting snow.

Severe weather warnings have been put in place for most parts of the UK, with potential power cuts expected. Road, rail and air travellers are also expected to face huge disruption.

The amber warnings for rain and yellow warnings for wind will take effect from Saturday afternoon into Sunday evening and up to 140mm of rainfall and gusts of up to 80mph could hit some areas.

According to the Met Office, subsequent flooding could cause a danger to life.

The Environment Agency’s head of flood defence, John Curtin, said temporary flood defences were being deployed in many places but added it was too early to tell exactly where the most intense rain would fall.

He is most concerned about Lancashire, Yorkshire and Cumbria, as well as parts of Wales, south-west England, the Midlands, south-east England and Southern Scotland.

While many flood-threatened developments across the UK incorporate our innovative SUDS (Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems), as always, Greenbelt’s response teams will remain vigilant to any issues, with office staff monitoring the situation nationwide.

Please remember that, in the first instance, emergency services will always deal with potentially dangerous situations for the public. However, where it is safe to do so, we do carry out remedial works as soon as possible.

If you have any urgent concerns, please do contact us by telephone on 0800 028 1749 and follow the simple instructions for connecting to our emergency line.

For any non-urgent queries, you can reach our dedicated customer care team as normal on 0800 028 1749, or by e-mailing customercare@greenbelt.co.uk