Epic flooding, wettest January in Britain in 250 years

Epic flooding, wettest January in Britain in 250 years

[Ed. – Remarkable before-and-after photos.]

London (CNN) — Princes William and Harry rolled up their sleeves Friday to help out with flood defense efforts as Britain braces for another hammering Friday from a major storm off the Atlantic.

The princes showed up at 6 a.m. local time in the flood-hit village of Datchet, west of London.

The community is one of several in Berkshire and Surrey to have been hit by flooding in recent days after the River Thames burst its banks.

Nearly 6,000 homes have been inundated along the Thames Valley and elsewhere following England’s wettest January in 2½ centuries.

Some communities in low-lying areas of Somerset, in southwest England, have been under water since December.

The Environment Agency has warned of more flooding along the Thames over the weekend as the river reaches its highest level in 60 years. …

A powerful Atlantic storm that is blowing in on Friday will add to people’s woes.

Power outages

It comes only two days after a storm blasted western Wales and northwest England, as well as parts of Ireland, with gale-force winds.

Some 450,000 properties were affected by power outages as a result of Wednesday’s storm.

Only 16,000, almost all of them in Wales, were still without power Friday morning, according to the Energy Networks Association, but high winds could cause new problems.

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