At least three people have died, following major flooding in Ireland, Wales and south-west England, which saw some places such as Dublin receive a month worth of rain in 24 hours. One man died after being swept out to sea by a 3m (10ft) high wave. The 64-year-old man had been fishing in Redcar, Cleveland at the mouth of the River Tees when the wave struck, taking him and his 63-year-old friend. A lifeboat crew saved the man, pulling him from the water, but he later died. His friend managed to swim back to shore and was treated for hypothermia. Meanwhile in Ireland, rescue workers searching for a policeman, 25-year-old Ciaran Jones, who was swept into a river in the Wicklow Mountains, found a body in the River Liffey. A woman’s body was also discovered in Dublin in a flooded basement.
The flooding in Dublin was so severe that a state of emergency was declared and Dublin City Council sent out emergency team to evacuate residents from the worst hit home and help clear flood waters. Most ferries to and from Dublin were cancelled and flights diverted to other airports.
Insurers have estimated the bill for damages caused by the flooding could reach more than £100million. The southwest of England was also hard hit, with the town of Cardinham, on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall, receiving 58mm of rain in just 12 hours, making it the wettest place on Monday.
A 13-year-old girl, Annie Thomas, who went missing the bad weather near St Agnes, Cornwall while walking her dog was found and reunited with her parents. It took an 80 person rescue team, who found her in a field where she had suffered a head injury.
The Met Office says that there will be a mix of showers and sunshine for the rest of the week, with more heavy rain expected in southern areas of the country on Thursday.