Storms to lash flooded parts of BritainAgence France-Presse . London
Flooded communities in Britain faced a fresh battering from storms and high winds on Wednesday as emergency efforts in stricken areas picked up following criticism of a sluggish response.
Fourteen severe flood warnings — indicating a danger to life — were in place in Berkshire and Surrey to the west of London, while two remain in Somerset in southwest England.
The Met Office national weather service issued a red warning — the highest level of threat — for ‘exceptionally strong winds’ in western parts of Wales and some parts of northwest England later Wednesday.
Heavy rain is also expected across the country.
More than 1,000 homes west of London along the River Thames have been flooded in the past week.
Waters were overflowing in Staines, just a few miles from London Heathrow Airport, one of the world’s busiest air hubs.
A handful of residents were evacuated from their homes in Staines and others desperately piled up sandbags at their front doors in an attempt to keep the waters at bay.
Around 1,700 homes in Datchet, an affluent village a short distance upstream, had to contend with losing electricity late Tuesday.
While the Thames remained the focus of the flooding, the middle of Worcester in central England was also increasingly threatened by the rapidly rising River Severn.
The prime minister, David Cameron, chaired an early-morning meeting of the government’s COBRA emergency committee, as he attempted to get a grip on the growing crisis.
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