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UK Christmas washout

Sunday, December 23, 2012 - 01:04

Dec. 23 - Floods ravage parts of the United Kingdom just days before Christmas. Paul Chapman reports.

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It's going to be a wet, wet Christmas for people in some parts of the UK this year. Torrential rain has brought severe floods to several areas and forecasters are warning of more to come. Maurice Pearson's one of the many whose home has been flooded. SOUNDBITE: RESIDENT MAURICE PEARSON SAYING (English): "I've lived here for 30 years and before that lived in the village. We've always had a bit of flooding because the drainage system in the village is Victorian. It's been promised to be renewed for...40 years." The South West is one of the worst-hit areas. But severe flood warnings have been issued from Devon and Cornwall to North Yorkshire. Roads and railways are also suffering. It's thrown Christmas travel plans into chaos. SOUNDBITE: UNIDENTIFIED TRAVELLER SAYING (English): "We're going up to Cumbria hoping to get there in the early evening. We started out an hour early in anticipation for the disruption." SOUNDBITE: UNIDENTIFIED TRAVELLER SAYING (English): "We're good British people and we just go with the flow." More heavy rain and strong winds were expected across much of the country on Sunday.

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UK Christmas washout

Sunday, December 23, 2012 - 01:04