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Britain Inundated by Heavy Rains

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Britain Inundated by Heavy Rains

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A massive storm system bringing heavy rain and fierce winds caused widespread flooding across Britain. So far, three people have died from the wild weather and more than 900 homes, mostly in the southwest, have been flooded.

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Submersed: Standing water can be seen in fields near Glastonbury, England (Nov. 25, 2012).

Agence France-Presse reported, “The Cornish village of Millbrook was reportedly under five feet (1.5 metres) of water with 40 homes evacuated, a BBC reporter who lives there said, after torrents of muddy water swept through the village…Many communities were cut off after police shut water-logged roads in Cornwall, where four severe flood warnings were issued…over rapidly rising river levels, and neighbouring Devon.”

The flooding is some of the worst the nation has ever experienced. Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron said in a Twitter message that it was “shocking.”

To make matters worse, if a deal is not struck between the government and insurance companies, over 200,000 homes that are at a high risk of flooding will be uninsurable.

Mary Creagh, an environmental spokesperson for the Labour Party, one of the main political factions in Britain, urged the government to come up with a deal to give residents universal flood insurance coverage in a Financial Times article.

“If they can’t sort this out it would be catastrophic for householders who could be left with properties that they cannot insure, cannot mortgage and cannot sell,” she said.

As of this writing, more rainfall is expected for the area.

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