Storm Jorge sweeps into Britain with four inches of downpours and snow and 70mph winds

Storm Jorge has swept into the UK bringing four inches of rain, fierce winds and snow as drivers are urged to avoid unnecessary travel.

There are currently more than 260 flood alerts in place with the most severe warnings being issued in the south west and along the English-Welsh border.

Already flooded communities are preparing for yet another deluge as residents in East Yorkshire were evacuated from the villages of West Cowick and Lidgate after the River Aire broke its banks. 

Four tonnes of sandbags were laid overnight in East Cowick to help divert water but a statement from East Riding of Yorkshire Council said that 60 properties were still at risk.

It later added that water from the washland around Snaith was being pumped into the River Don and that rain had forced closures along the A164.

Four tonnes of sandbags were laid overnight in East Cowick to help divert water but a statement from East Riding of Yorkshire Council said that 60 properties were still at risk. Pictured: Fire and Rescue team come to the aid of two men stuck in their vehicle in flood water in East Cowick, Yorkshire, where residents have been evacuated

Already flooded communities are preparing for yet another deluge in what is the third storm this month. Pictured: Environment Agency teams work on temporary flood barriers in Ironbridge, Shropshire, after floodwaters receded following an emergency evacuation earlier this week

Already flooded communities are preparing for yet another deluge in what is the third storm this month. Pictured: Environment Agency teams work on temporary flood barriers in Ironbridge, Shropshire, after floodwaters receded following an emergency evacuation earlier this week

Three-day weather forecast: Storm Jorge has swept into the UK bringing four inches of rain, fierce winds and snow as drivers are urged to avoid unnecessary travel

Three-day weather forecast: Storm Jorge has swept into the UK bringing four inches of rain, fierce winds and snow as drivers are urged to avoid unnecessary travel

There are also six yellow weather warnings for rain, wind ice and snow in force stretching from Cornwall to the north of Scotland and people have been warned to expect travel disruption on road, bus and rail routes. 

It comes as police in South Wales declared a critical incident after more flooding and severe weather overnight.

A spokesperson said: ‘The emergency services, jointly with local authority planning departments, local health boards, and organisations such as Natural Resources Wales and utility companies, are working continuously to ensure the safety and welfare of those affected, minimise damage to infrastructure and property, and minimise disruption.’

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service took 72 calls between 6pm on Friday and 6am on Saturday.

Superintendent Andy Kingdom said: ‘Indications are that the rain is set to stop and river levels will soon recede.

‘There is still significant surface water and debris on the roads throughout the force area so we would advise people only to travel if absolutely necessary.’



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