Waterford's Mount Congreve on high alert as Storm Dennis approaches

Carrie Guzman
February 14, 2020

He said: "The winds will be a touch down on what we saw with Ciara but the focus is on a bit more rain with Storm Dennis due to the persistence of the rain".

More severe amber - "be prepared" - warnings will be in force on Saturday and Sunday for up to 140mm of rain in parts of South wales, south west and south east England, and an area north of Manchester.

"Because the rain came though so strongly and the river rose so quickly, we physically wouldn't have had time to put the barriers up".

He said: "With the forecast for heavy rain and strong winds again this weekend, we have extra equipment to deal with flooding, tree crews and emergency gangs ready to keep Hampshire's roads clear of surface water and fallen trees".

Naturally, delays and cancellations on public transport are also to be expected over the weekend.

The storm will be preceded by a yellow - "be aware" - severe weather warning for up to 20mm of rain today across the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway, which could combine with melting snow to cause flooding.

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There is also an amber warning for rain on high land to the west of York on the Yorkshire Dales, which could then feed in to York's already high river levels.

All events have been cancelled this weekend in Thetford Forest due to high winds expected from Storm Dennis.

River levels are likely to rise over the weekend and into early next week.

Two existing yellow warnings for wind and rain are still in place. It said preparations were under way to operate flood defences, including the Foss Barrier in York.

Caroline Douglass, flood duty manager at the Environment Agency, said: "Remember to never drive or walk through floodwater".

He warned rain could help topple sodden trees, affecting power lines, while strong winds could affect transport links such as ferries.

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