People have been evacuated from their homes and roads have been flooded in Scotland and Cumbria as the UK faces five more days of rain.
A ‘life threatening’ warning was issued by the Met Office in Cumbria on Thursday as some areas were affected by up to 13 inches of rain in 24 hours.
The floods caused significant delays on train lines and affected services to Glasgow ahead of the Cop26 climate summit.
Scottish border emergency services said 500 properties were at risk of damage. But, in a positive step, some families were able to return home late Thursday night as the River Teviot began to recede.
More flooding expected in Cumbria and the Lake District
The Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for rain over the weekend covering Cumbria and the Lake District.
The rain warning is from 3 a.m. on Sunday, October 31 to 6 a.m. on Monday.
Cumbria has already faced heavy rains and rivers have overflowed, inundating key roads.
A Met Office spokesperson said: ‘A band of rain will arrive in West Wales on Sunday morning and quickly push north-east clearing that area north-east on Sunday morning.
“This rain will only last 2-3 hours in any location, but during that time it is likely that some places will receive 20 to 30mm of precipitation.”
Holly BancroftOctober 29, 2021 2:13 PM
Weather alert in place for Glasgow ahead of climate summit
A yellow weather warning warning of heavy rain has been put in place for Glasgow following severe flooding.
The warning is in place until 3 p.m. on October 29 and the Met Office is warning of longer travel times and possible flooding in homes and businesses.
Several roads were also forced to close.
Another warning has also been put in place in the region with rains expected to last until noon tomorrow.
The alert reads: âAnother period of heavy rain is expected to affect central and southwestern Scotland by Saturday morning. 10-20mm will fall fairly wide within the warning zone, most falling in just a few hours, and on already saturated soil.
â30 to 40 mm can fall in parts of Dumfries and Galloway, mainly on the hills. The rain will dissipate eastward later in the morning.
Holly BancroftOctober 29, 2021 1:32 PM
Four adults rescued from flooded building in Dumfries, Scotland
Four adults were rescued from a flooded business in Dumfries on Thursday evening as widespread flooding hit the area.
Photos posted on the Nithsdale Police Twitter account show a Scottish Fire and Rescue Service boat being used to transport passengers.
The tweet said everyone involved was “safe and healthy”.
They also posted a video of the roads that had turned into rivers to warn people not to travel.
Holly BancroftOctober 29, 2021 1:04 PM
Latest Met Office Weather Forecast
There are currently twelve flood warnings in place across England and 43 flood warnings.
Widespread flooding is expected in western and southern Cumbria on Friday and parts of Lancashire and the southern central Pennines could also be affected.
There are nine flood warnings in Scotland.
Heavy rain is expected on Friday, moving north-east across England, with strong winds also expected.
Heavy rains hit the east of England on Saturday. Then, Sunday through Tuesday, the Met Office expects variable weather with a few showers and longer periods of rain with sunny outbreaks in between.
Holly BancroftOctober 29, 2021 12:20 PM
Houses and roads flooded by downpours in Cumbria
Torrential rains in Cumbria have caused evacuations of houses and roadblocks.
Nine flood warnings remain in effect in the region on Friday, according to local media.
And a “life threatening” warning has been put in place by the Met Office.
About 1,200 properties had to be protected from rising sea levels by the Environment Agency. Officers shut off gates and cleared debris and blockages from streams.
On Thursday, Honister Pass saw over 12 inches of rain fall in 24 hours.
Rail operators have also told people to avoid traveling on the West Coast Main Line and Cumbria Coastal routes.
Holly BancroftOctober 29, 2021 11:23
Scotland hit by heavy rains and floods forcing people to evacuate their homes
Heavy rains caused a river to overflow in the Scottish Borders, triggering an evacuation mission.
A “major incident” was declared in Hawick after torrential rains swelled the Tweed and Teviot rivers on Thursday.
The River Teviot has now reached its peak and people are returning home, according to local authorities.
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Holly BancroftOctober 29, 2021 11:19 AM
“Chaos” as people try to get to the top of the Cop26 by train
People trying to get to Glasgow on Friday took to social media to warn others of the ‘travel chaos’.
Jake Wakefield, activist at Tearfund, wrote: âA good reminder to anyone heading to Cop26 that while we are struggling to get to Glasgow, the chaos caused by the deteriorating climate is much more serious elsewhere.
Jack McKenna, Communications Manager at Angela Rayner, said: âWelcome to the COP! There is no train to Glasgow because it rained north of Manchester, we are using the tax system to incentivize domestic flights and forgot about the climate crisis in the budget.
Holly BancroftOctober 29, 2021 11:16 AM
Trains canceled for Glasgow ahead of climate change summit
Rail operator Avanti West Cost has told customers it “was experiencing serious disruption to our services north of Preston” ahead of the Cop26 summit in Glasgow.
They advised people to “not travel on this route” despite many trying to make it to the conference this weekend.
It operates a modified schedule between Preston and Scotland, with speed restrictions in place that will significantly delay trains that are not already canceled.
Network Rail Scotland said it was limiting trains to Glasgow to 5 mp in the Hartwood area due to heavy rains flooding the line. They added: “We have staff on site with water pumps monitoring the situation.”
TransPennine Express has also advised people not to travel on the West Coast Main Line unless it is essential.
Liam Sumpter, Route Manager, Network Rail Scotland, said: âExtreme precipitation can pose a serious risk to the railway, causing landslides or damaging our infrastructure and bridges.
âThe safety of our passengers and colleagues is our top priority during times of inclement weather, and slowing down services and running fewer trains will help us manage these conditions for everyone. “
Holly BancroftOctober 29, 2021 11:11