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Monday, November 26, 2012

Floods sweep UK, killing 4 and damaging hundreds of homes

Four people were killed and 800 homes were damaged by raging floodwaters across Britain. The country’s south has been spared the worst of the heavy rains and high winds, as the midlands, west and north brace for the brunt of the storm.
­Around 300 flood alerts were issued during the last few days for England, Wales and Scotland. Four people died over the weekend, and one person was declared missing. A 21-year-old woman, reportedly homeless, was killed in Exeter on Saturday when a tree fell on her tent. Two other men were injured in the incident. In Cambridgeshire, a 70-year-old man was pulled underwater when his car plunged into a swollen river that evening. A bystander dragged him to the shore, but the man was later pronounced dead by paramedics.On Saturday, 50-year-old Kevin Wilkinson died after stumbling into the river Colne amid thick fog in Hertfordshire. On Thursday, an elderly man was killed when his truck was pulled under a bridge in Somerset. Police are also searching the river Thames for 91-year-old Franciscus van de Gender, who went missing in Berkshire. Rescuers in Somerset managed to save a 12-month-old baby from a car.

Read More: Floods sweep UK, killing 4 and damaging hundreds of homes (PHOTOS, VIDEO) — RT

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