Severe Floods in UK Disrupt Railways, Warnings Remain

Environment | February 11, 2014, Tuesday // 12:59|  views

Flooded homes amidst rising flood waters in Old Windsor, 32 kilometres west of London. Photo by EPA/BGNES

The severe floods in the UK have caused disruption in the railway services, as residents of villages and towns along the River Thames are being evacuated.

Train services in the south-west are suspended, while in other parts, they are running at reduced speeds, the BBC reports.

UK Defense Secretary Philip Hammond has said the government "has got a grip" on the crisis, despite allegations by people in the suffering areas that not enough assistance is being provided.

"The assets that are needed from across the nation have been mobilised into the areas affected. We're dealing with an enormous force of nature here, vast quantities of water and an unprecedented weather pattern", Hammond added.

Severe flood warnings remain in force for several areas along the Thames, west of London, and along the Somerset Levels.

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