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Severe flooding spreads across UK

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 01:41

Feb. 12 - Flood waters continue to rise on the bank of the River Thames in England as forecasters issue the first ''red warning'' of the winter, meaning there could be a ''risk to life''. Mana Rabiee reports.

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Weeks of rain and flooding have put Britain into an all out weather crisis. Some 5,000 homes are flooded in parts of southwest England, including these towns and villages in the Thames Valley near London. Waterways where major commuter highways ought to be. Sandbags (there aren't enough of them) help a little…but some homes are seeping with water rising up out of the ground. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LOCAL RESIDENT, JANE CRAMPTON, SAYING: "I woke up this morning and the bedroom carpet was saturated. It is coming up from underground, it is really scary. And then it was dark, the electrics went off last night so I just went to sleep with candles and it's eerie. " It was the wettest January recorded in 250 years. And the rain is only expected to continue in February. Even the grounds near Windsor Castle aren't safe from the flood waters. The Army's been called in to help. And Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to do whatever it takes to help those affected. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH PRIME MINISTER DAVID CAMERON, SAYING: "Let me repeat again, as I said yesterday, when it comes to this relief effort, money is no object, we'll spend what is necessary to help families, to help people, to help communities get through this very difficult time." But no amount of money can push back Mother Nature. And some residents are beginning to feel helpless. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LOCAL RESIDENT, MICHAEL JONES, SAYING: "What can anybody do about this? The amount of weather, the amount of bad weather we are having, we are about to have again, it is just beyond belief I think. It is...I don't know what they can do. At the end of the day we are a little island and Mother Nature is an unbelievably powerful thing." Forecasters expect parts of Wales and northwest England, on Wednesday, to face gusts of up to 100 miles per hour, that's 160 kilometers an hour. They've issued the first "red warning" of the winter. That means the damage is expected to be widespread and there could be a "risk to life".

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Severe flooding spreads across UK

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 01:41

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