Water, water everywhere: Walkers look over the flooded fields on farmland surrounding Burrowbridge, Somerset.
Janurary was the wettest for more than 100 years in parts of England – but forecasters are warning there is more heavy rain to come.. South-east and central parts of southern England saw more than twice the average rainfall as 17.52cm (6.9in) fell this month. It marked the wettest start to the year since records began in 1910, the Met Office said.
Forecasts for further heavy rain caused the Environmental Agency to issue more than 150 flood alerts nationwide and 30 flood warnings. Gales and large waves cpuld swamp coastal flood defences and sea walls at the weekend, particularly in the west of England, as winds are set to reach up to 60mph and combine with spring tides to create huge waves.
Among the areas at risk of flooding is the already swamped Somerset Levels, where the Army has been deployed to bring relief to cut-off villages which have faced the worst flooding in 20 years. The military were sent after prime minister David Cameron vowed swift action amid the crisis.