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article imageWinter storms and localized flooding spreads to UK's eastern area Special

By Kev Hedges     Feb 8, 2014 in Environment
The West Country and south western counties of England and many parts of Wales are now into the third month of successive Atlantic storms. There are major floods and a serious risk to life.
However, the eastern half of the country, which tends to miss out on the usual deluge, is now showing localized flooding with some fields and roads under as much as seven feet of water. An area of ploughed field, just yards from a secure prison unit, was on Saturday resembling a small lake. Even waves were building as a small storm cell passed over and gusts of 60 mph interrupted an otherwise bright, sunny afternoon.
It has been a winter that many will never forget in the southern counties of the UK; tempers have been frayed by those of the Somerset Levels, as seen here when a farmer swore at heavy traffic making the flooded roads worse outside his home. Anger and tears are being directed towards a steady drip of environmental ministers and politicians visiting the region, and record rainfall in many areas has reduced social media comments to scream, "we've had enough!"
But there are positives to be seen in this winter storm - temperatures have barely dipped below freezing (0c, 32F) in most parts of the UK and winter is well passed the half way stage. No snow or ice have been reported in London and many counties across the south this winter. Day time temperatures have regularly nudged 10c (52F) and our heating bills are expected to be substantially lower this season than they were last year.
Furthermore, many sightseers and rubberneckers have flocked to the coastline to witness huge waves and a rare opportunity to see Mother Nature in all her glory.
Fields are under more than five feet of water in Corey s Mill  close to the A1(M) Motorway
Fields are under more than five feet of water in Corey's Mill, close to the A1(M) Motorway
Cycle paths and walkways are under deep water in an area close to a supermarket in Corey s Mill  nr ...
Cycle paths and walkways are under deep water in an area close to a supermarket in Corey's Mill, nr Gravely, in Hertfordshire
In the background you can see a small prison unit which has almost been swamped by flooding in the C...
In the background you can see a small prison unit which has almost been swamped by flooding in the Corey's Mill area near Little Wymondley.
This underpass used by cyclists and pedestrians in Corey s Mill  Hertfordshire  was flooded some six...
This underpass used by cyclists and pedestrians in Corey's Mill, Hertfordshire, was flooded some six feet deep by rain water.
Flooding on a cycle path and pedestrian walkway to Gravely and Little Wymondley
Flooding on a cycle path and pedestrian walkway to Gravely and Little Wymondley
The water here was well in excess of head height during flooding near to Sainsbury s supermarket  Co...
The water here was well in excess of head height during flooding near to Sainsbury's supermarket, Corey's Mill, Stevenage.
Cyclists would do well to heed the advice to dismount here!
Cyclists would do well to heed the advice to dismount here!
Traffic Information warning motorists on the A505 near the A1(M) that localized flooding can be a ha...
Traffic Information warning motorists on the A505 near the A1(M) that localized flooding can be a hazard ahead.
Roads are like rivers in the region near to St. Nicholas Church in Stevenage
Roads are like rivers in the region near to St. Nicholas Church in Stevenage
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