Severe flooding hits parts of UK

  • 3 January 2014
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BBC reporter Laura Bicker in Ayrshire, Scotland

Severe flooding has hit parts of the UK, with south-west England and Wales worst affected.

The extreme weather has been caused by a storm front that's swept across from the Atlantic to the UK, with heavy rain and strong winds causing high tides.

In Scotland, A tidal surge hit Western and Southern coastal areas around lunchtime on Friday causing flooding.

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In Gloucestershire, the River Severn burst its banks

In Wales, some people were trapped in their homes.

The Environment Agency has warned that weather conditions in some parts of Britain could be the worst for five to ten years.

Meanwhile, the government held a Cobra emergency meeting on Friday to discuss the extreme weather.