More people are being evacuated in south-west England as a major river threatens to burst its banks in the town of Gloucester. Up to 150,000 homes in the region are already without clean water, sparking panic buying of bottled supplies.
Around 50,000 homes are without power. If the River Severn does flood Gloucester, a major power station could also be submerged cutting off electricity to half a million homes. Some of the most flood-affected towns are along the River Severn. Tewkesbury is already cut off, all roads underwater and thousands of homes affected. This morning Prime Minister Gordon Brown went to see the flooding for himself.
“I wanted to come here this morning to give my support and sympathy to all those who have suffered as a result of the floods, and the emergency which has happened, and those who have been displaced from their homes,” said Brown. Crisis centres throughout the region are struggling to stay on top of the problem, with predictions that it is set to get worse rather than better.