Flood-hit homes almost completely submerged as Storm Jorge batters Britain with two weeks’ rain and 70mph gales today – The Sun

DELUGED British towns have been left completely underwater after Storm Jorge battered the country – with snow to come.

Dramatic pictures of flooded houses emerged after the third storm of February barrelled in, still set to bring more than two weeks worth of rain to some areas today.

And forecasters warned 70mph gales and torrential rain is to batter northern today, with more than 185 flood alerts still in place.

Devastating images show homes completely flooded in the East Yorkshire town of Snaith – water has poured into houses and is as high as the kitchen counters.

Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office, Frank Saunders, said: "The heavy rain warnings for parts of Wales, South West England and North West England are indicating that some isolated areas of Wales could see as much as 100 mm of rainfall [more than two weeks' worth]."

Britain has been drenched by the wettest February on record – the average rainfall of 20.2cm (7.95in) washed away the previous high of 19.3cm (7.59in) set in 1990.

Another four inches of morning rain yesterday triggered landslides, submerged towns and triggered more than 260 flood warnings.

Parts of Scotland and northern England saw blustery showers, strong winds and snow this morning, with brighter, chilly conditions in southern parts.

And yellow warning for snow over higher parts of Scotland is in place from 3pm until midnight, with travel disruption likely, said the Met Office.

From midnight, an ice warning is in force covering much of eastern and northern Scotland, Northern Ireland, north-west England and north Wales, lasting until 10am on Monday.

Local authorities will be faced with significant clean-up operations once flooding risks subside and water levels reduce.

Thousands of homes and businesses were flooded as areas were deluged by more than a month's worth of rainfall in just 24 hours, while some 127,000 properties were protected by flood defences this winter, authorities said.

Towns including Ironbridge and Bewdley along the River Severn in the West Midlands, and West Cowick and Lidgate in East Yorkshire, along the River Aire, are among the worst-hit areas in England.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has come under fire for not yet visiting any of the towns devastated by the flooding.

More than 3,300 properties in England are thought to have been flooded as a result of the combined effects of storms Ciara and Dennis.

Some 15 rivers in the Midlands, Yorkshire and Lancashire recorded their highest levels on record and the Environment Agency warned the country needs to brace itself for "more frequent periods of extreme weather like this".

East Riding of Yorkshire Council said water levels are generally dropping or remaining stable in Snaith, Gowdall, East Cowick and West Cowick, but are expected to remain high for several days.

Stephen Hunt, head of planning and development at the local authority, said: "Storm Jorge appears to have passed with limited effect and the overall situation has stabilised.

"However, while the water levels are generally dropping they are expected to stay high over the coming days.

"While we are still very much in the response phase, the council has started planning for the recovery operation that will follow but that can only happen when the risk of further flooding subsides."

The Met Office warns today will see: "A mixture of sunny spells and showers for most, the showers wintry at times.

"More persistent rain, and hill snow, affecting northern parts at times.

"Windy, with severe gales in the north at first, and feeling cold."

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