Red 'Take Action' Rainfall Warning for Lancashire
As heavy rain continues to bring flooding to parts of Northern England, the Met office has issued a Red ('Take Action') rainfall warning for Lancashire where it is forecasting up to an additional 100mm of rain.
Homes in the country and in Yorkshire are already being evacuated following earlier rainfall which caused local rivers to overflow.
Amber ('Be Prepared') or Yellow ('Be Aware') warnings have also been issued for Western parts of North and West Yorkshire, parts of Merseyside and Greater Manchester, Cumbria, Northwest Wales, and parts of Scotland.
Commenting on the unusually heavy rainfall, Flood Duty Manager at the Environment Agency, Alison Baptiste said: "Our thoughts are with all those who've been coping with serious flooding to their homes and businesses repeatedly over Christmas and those who face the risk of further flooding.
"On Boxing Day we have issued several severe flood warnings meaning a risk to life, we urge people to check their flood risk, prepare for flooding, follow advice from emergency services and never to risk driving through flood water.
"Environment Agency staff have been working around the clock throughout Christmas with our emergency response partners and the help of the military in Lancashire, Cumbria and Yorkshire to help reduce the potential impacts of flooding and support those communities affected."
The Met Office is also warning about potential disruption to transport.
Visit http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast for updated weather forecasts.