LONDON Emergency workers found a man's body in
a submerged field on Saturday, bringing to at least nine the
death toll in Britain's worst floods for 60 years, police said.
Firefighters searching for a missing 19-year-old found the
body near the historic market town of Tewkesbury, western
England, where flooding has damaged thousands of homes and left
many without running water.
Officials could not immediately confirm the body was that
of the missing man.
The wettest summer since records began has brought two
bouts of flooding across England since the end of June,
wrecking houses and businesses, delaying harvests and slashing
milk production. Firms dependent on tourism are hard hit.
At least nine people have died in the two rounds of
flooding and damage is estimated by insurance companies at up
to 3 billion pounds ($6.10 billion).
Picturesque towns in western England have been transformed
into islands, with buildings on higher ground surrounded by
dirty, brown water.
More than 130,000 homes are relying on bottled water and
emergency water tanks placed on the streets.
With more heavy rain forecast this weekend, police in
Gloucestershire said people should stay at home or risk
Forecasters issued severe weather warnings for much of
southern England and Wales, with up to 4 cms (1.6 inches) of
rain expected on Saturday night.
Swollen rivers could burst their banks, while surface water
may cause flash floods.
However, the Environment Agency said the risk of flooding
was "significantly lower" than from the earlier storms.