Here & Now Here & Now

Support the news

Great Britain Suffers Worst Flooding Since 177603:32
Download

Play
This article is more than 6 years old.

As people around the U.S. struggle with extreme weather — from drought to bitter cold and snow — residents of the United Kingdom are grappling with another severe weather threat: the worst flooding since 1776.

About 5,800 properties have flooded in England since early December, including more than 1,100 homes along the Thames Valley in the last two weeks.

The U.K.'s weather service issued a 'red' warning today, its most serious level, as wind gusts reached up to 100 miles per hour in areas of Western England and Wales. The region is under 16 active severe flood warnings, most of them in the southeastern part of the country.

The region is also under hundreds of lower-level flood warnings and alerts. Meteorologists say the severe weather could last at least another week. Rob Broomby of the BBC joins Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson with details.

Guest

This segment aired on February 13, 2014.

Support the news

Support the news