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England braced for fresh flood misery as tides rise again

BY COLIN FRANCIS

Parts of England are facing new flood misery as high tides and strong winds are set to put coastal areas at risk.

Gales and big waves could swamp coastal flood defences and sea walls, flood properties and cause travel disruption, the Environment Agency has warned.

Another band of heavy rain could also cause more flooding as it falls on already saturated ground, and the Environment Agency has 35 flood warnings in place across the country.

The latest poor weather conditions come at the end of a month which has already become the wettest January on record for parts of southern England.

In the Somerset Levels the situation is so bad the Army has been deployed to bring relief to villages cut off by the most significant floods for 20 years.

Some 40 properties have flooded on the Levels, the Environment Agency said.

The west of England is facing further of risk of flooding as wind and rain sweeps in and combine with high tides.

Coastal areas of Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire are all at an increased risk of flooding.

The rest of Gloucestershire, parts of south east England, the north west and Yorkshire and Hull coast will also be affected by the wind, rain and high tides in the next few days.

The risk of river flooding continues with the ground already saturated, and flood barriers have been put up at Frankwell in Shrewsbury to protect against a rise in river levels on the Severn after 5cm/two inches of rain fell in Shropshire on Tuesday.

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