UK issues rare ‘danger to life’ warning over Storm Dennis

17 February, 2020 12:00 AM printer

UK issues rare ‘danger to life’ warning over Storm Dennis

Members of the emergency services evacuate residents and their dogs from flooded houses by resucue boat after the River Taff burst its banks in Nantgarw, south of Ponypridd in south Wales on Sunday, after Storm Dennis caused flooding across large swathes of Britain. —AFP PHOTO

LONDON: Storm Dennis swept across Britain on Sunday with the army drafted in to help deal with heavy flooding and high winds, officials warning it could be “life-threatening” in South Wales, reports AFP.

The government weather agency issued a rare red warning for the area, saying there was a risk of “significant impacts from flooding” that included a “danger to life from fast flowing water, extensive flooding to property and road closures”.

Almost 200 flood warnings were in place early on Sunday, extending from Scotland’s River Tweed to Cornwall in southwest England.

Winds of over 90 miles per hour (150 kilometres per hour) were recorded in Aberdaron, south Wales.

The Ministry of Defence had earlier deployed troops in West Yorkshire, northern England, which suffered badly from flooding caused by last weekend’s Storm Ciara.

“Our armed forces are always ready to support local authorities and communities whenever they need it,” said defence minister Ben Wallace.