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Thousands Evacuate In British Floods

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Great Britain

"The misery is set to continue."

LONDON (AP) -- Forecasters say torrential rains that have been sweeping wide parts of Britain for the past month are not likely to peak until tomorrow.

Flooding has caused disruptions nationwide and insurance companies expect losses to run into the hundreds of millions of dollars.Thousands of homes have been evacuated. And tens of thousands people in two counties in western England have lost power because of a flooded-out power station.Prime Minister Gordon Brown has had a first-hand look at some of the damage and promises government aid.Britain's Environment Agency has issued flood warnings and says the Thames and Severn Rivers could reach dangerous levels in western England.

ENGLISH SUMMER: An aerial view shows flood water around Upton upon Severn in central England, where torrential rain has caused flash floods and brought transport chaos.


British floods threaten water supplies

The company's Mythe Water Treatment Works in Tewkesbury, which also serves the towns of Gloucester and Cheltenham, was submerged by rising flood water and was evacuated in the early hours of Sunday morning.
"We're urgently appealing to customers to use water sparingly and, in that way, help one another to make the remaining supplies last longer," Severn Trent's director of water services Andy Smith said in a statement.


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