Residents across the UK and Ireland are braced for more heavy rain and strong winds over the weekend. Forecasters have warned of continued severe weather conditions.
Parts of southwest England have been under water for weeks after the country’s wettest January in nearly 250 years. Areas around the River Thames to the west of London have also been hit by severe floods.
British Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to do “whatever it takes” to help those affected. His government is under fire from critics for a slow initial response to the floods which have forced thousands of people from their homes.
“We have another weather front coming in and that will rise the river levels in parts of the country, but we are doing everything we can we are fighting on every front,” said Cameron.
“The military are in there, sandbags are being deployed, we’ve got the biggest pumping in our country’s history on the Somerset levels. Everything that can be done will be done to protect people,” Cameron added.
Prince William and Prince Harry worked with British soldiers to help flood victims in the village of Datchet near Windsor Castle in Berkshire after the Thames burst its banks earlier in the week.