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Storm Frank: Clean-up operations in place as storm recedes

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Media captionAerial views of some of the damage caused by severe flooding in Northern England and Scotland

Clean-up operations are taking place across the UK as flooding caused by Storm Frank continues to recede.

It comes after hundreds of homes were evacuated and thousands left without power amid heavy rain and high winds.

Earlier, police in Scotland said the body of a man who went missing while kayaking during the storm had been found in a river in Moray.

And several North Sea oil rigs were evacuated after a barge broke loose and drifted towards them in rough seas.

BP shut down production at its Valhall platform after the 110m-long barge began drifting towards it, a spokesman told Reuters. Several other rigs were also evacuated, with nearly 300 oil workers air-lifted to safety.

Drier conditions are forecast for most of the UK on New Year's Eve but fears of further flooding remain.

North-east Scotland, which bore the brunt of Wednesday's storm, is facing more heavy rain on Sunday and Monday.

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Image caption Hundreds of people were forced to leave their homes in York due to flooding
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Image caption In Newton Stewart, Scotland, locals have begun to clear-up wreckage from Storm Frank

In England and Wales there are still 21 flood warnings - which mean immediate action is required - with another 21 in Scotland.

The weather has caused widespread disruption on the rail network, with journeys on the West Coast main line between Carlisle and Glasgow still suspended due to damage on the track. Disruption to the line is expected to last all day.

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Image caption Strom Frank has left rubbish and wreckage strewn across the UK
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Image caption The Army and the RAF has been helping in the clean-up operations at Croston in Lancashire

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has visited York city centre, where hundreds of people were forced to leave their homes due to flooding. He also raised concerns with the Environment Agency that new high-volume water pumps had not been sent to flood-hit areas.

The EA said one of the pumps had been deployed to Cumbria earlier this month and an additional 43 smaller pumps had been deployed in more confined areas, such as York city centre, where larger pumps could not be deployed.

Mr Corbyn praised the "superhuman efforts" of EA workers and said Labour would pressurise the government to "fully fund the Environment Agency, not cut its budget" and pay for flood defences where necessary.

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Media caption"Resilience of flood defences needs to be examined" - Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn
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Image caption Nicola Sturgeon visited shops and business affected by the flooding in Newton Stewart

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, said the flooding had been "devastating" as she visited shops and businesses In Newton Stewart, Dumfries and Galloway that had been affected by Storm Frank.

"This is probably the worst flooding episode that Newton Stewart and much of this region has experienced, for some people, in living memory.

"On the other side of that, the response has been heroic," she said.

Prince Charles and Camilla have made a private visit to the Deeside town of Ballater, Aberdeenshire, to meet residents affected by flooding.

In Northern Ireland, more than 270 roads were blocked by floods or fallen trees, with some still impassable.

It comes as early provisional statistics from the Met Office suggest December has set new records for both temperature and rainfall.

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Image caption Hundreds were evacuated from their homes in Scotland on Wednesday

Live flood warnings from the Environment Agency and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.

Note: the Scottish Environment Protection Agency display their flood alert data differently to the Environment Agency and Natural Resources Wales. While the Environment Agency and Natural Resources Wales highlights individual rivers only, in Scotland the entire region is coloured to indicate the level of alert. This map and flood alert data are supplied to the BBC by third parties. The BBC is not responsible for its accuracy and you use it at your own risk.

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