As it happened: Flooding threat amid stormy weather

Key points

  • Parts of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland are braced for more heavy rain and snow, as coastal communities already hit assess flood damage
  • South and west coast of England, and Severn estuary, remain at risk of flooding through the weekend and into early next week, the Environment Agency says
  • Four earlier severe flood warnings for England have been lifted but a storm surge is expected on the Forth later
  • A search is continuing for missing 18-year-old Harry Martin, last seen approaching a Devon coast path on Thursday
  • The flooding is a "major event" and there should be more preparation for how to deal with such events, Tory MP Anne McIntosh tells the BBC

Live text

Reporting:

  • Gerry Holt 
  • John Hand 
  • Jane Onyanga-Omara 
  • Vanessa Barford 

Last updated 4 January 2014

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