More flood alerts issued as heavy rain continues to cause havoc in Britain
Government defends work to protect areas at risk as David Cameron vows to help stricken communities
Steven Morris, Leo Hickman and Matthew Weaver
Sunday 25 November 2012 13.38 EST
More than 800 homes and business premises were contending with flooding on Sunday night after more rain caused havoc across a swath of Britain, forcing the government to defend the work it has done to protect at-risk areas.
David Cameron promised to help communities in the south-west of England and the Midlands that have been devastated after more than a month's worth of rain fell within four days.
On Saturday night a 21-year-old woman, who is believed to have been homeless, died after the tent she was sleeping in was struck by a tree that fell in high winds near Exeter city centre. Police were trying to trace her next of kin and find out why she was sleeping in the tent. Two men were injured in the incident ...
By Sunday night one severe flood warning – meaning lives are at risk – remained in place for Helston, Cornwall. More than 200 flood warnings – flooding expected – were in force and almost 200 alerts – flooding possible – issued ...