UK flooding as it happened

Key points

  • The worst of the problems caused by flooding across the UK appear to have passed, with weather forecasters predicting no more heavy rain - but 35 flood warnings remain in place.
  • The River Ouse in York peaked at 5m above its normal level, but that was just below flood defences. Another half-hour of rain could have seen more serious consequences.
  • A young couple found dead in a swollen river near Wrexham may have been trying to rescue a dog - although police say that can only be treated as speculation at this stage.

Live text


  • Chris Summers 
  • John Hand 
  • Alex Kleiderman 

Last updated 5 October 2012


Welcome to our live page coverage of a fourth day of chaos caused by flooding in many parts of the UK.

On Monday torrential rain and 70 mph winds hit the West Country with trains cancelled in Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire. On Tuesday the bad weather spread to the North of England where 300 homes were flooded and 100 vehicles were trapped on the A1 in North Yorkshire.

On Wednesday a block of flats in Newcastle was said to be close to collapse and Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, was split in two after a bridge was closed. Homes and businesses in York city centre were also flooded after the River Ouse burst its banks.

A clear-up operation is beginning in some places but dozens of communities have been warned they are still at risk.


BBC weather forecaster Laura Gilchrist said in her forecast this morning that the worst of the rain had eased.

She said the persistent rain that has caused problems in England and Wales is not likely to return and, although there would be light showers in some areas, many places would have a dry day. But, she explained, flood warnings remain in place due to the potential for some of the rainfall from recent days to still be flowing through river systems.


The water level has peaked in York at 5.06m above the normal level. It is expected to peak mid-morning in Cawood and Selby.


Wigan Council

tweets: Flood update: Slag Lane, Lowton + Mort Lane, Tyldesley still closed. We are working hard to get these roads open today.


The Environment Agency

tweets: Still many flood warnings in place Advice on how to prepare & cope with flooding here #FloodAware


Firefighters in Skeldergate, York, say they used a boat to take carers to a residential home to give medication to elderly residents. They also say crews were sent to a caravan park at nearby Bishopthorpe where people were stranded.


BBC weather forecaster Carol Kirkwood has just popped up for her hourly bulletin on the BBC News channel. She says that today will see rain - not particularly heavy - in the north of Scotland but it will be a fine afternoon in most places. Looking further ahead, Friday will be a windy day while Saturday will be a pleasant day in most places. Remember you can check the latest weather at any stage on the BBC Weather website.


Flooding in York on Wednesday York is suffering one of its worst ever floods, with the River Ouse at its second highest level

Craig McGarvey from the Environment Agency said the level of the River Ouse in York should start going down this evening. He said 4,000 sandbags were laid by the Army last night, that flood defences in York were excellent and 2,000 properties had been protected. He said it was the second highest flood level in record in York.


The AA

tweets: As flood waters recede, drivers should be wary of silt and debris on roads affected by the flooding.


Yorkshire Water issued a statement warning that river water was getting into the sewer network and overloading it, which is causing it to "surcharge" at Leeman Road and Jubilee Street.

It adds: "Working alongside the fire service, we currently have mobile pumps in operation to try and reduce the overloading of our sewer network and all of our pumping stations are operational and working at full capacity to pump the waters up for treatment. More mobile pumps are being brought in this morning to further support ongoing efforts.

"However, the most important factor in all this remains the exceptionally high level of the River Ouse, so obviously as that starts to subside, we would expect the situation regarding our local sewer network to improve dramatically."