Second red warning expires as Storm Babet flooding continues

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Aerial footage gives a bird’s-eye view of flooding in Brechin, Angus

The second red “danger to life” weather alert in a week has expired in eastern parts of Scotland, amid torrential rain and high winds across the UK.

Forecasters had said another 70-100mm (4ins) of rain could fall on Saturday in parts of Angus and Aberdeenshire already hit by severe flooding.

Three severe flood warnings have also been issued in Derbyshire, which mean there is a significant risk to life.

Three people have died since Thursday, when Storm Babet first took hold.

Meanwhile, helicopters have been sent to assist a North Sea drilling platform which lost four of its eight anchors during the extreme weather.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has warned Saturday’s rain will “prolong flooding impacts” and cause additional disruption.

Flood warnings for England are in place at Derby City Water Treatment Works, Little Chester, Eastgate and Cattle Market, and Racecourse Park at Chaddesden.

The Environment Agency said flooding from major rivers could continue until Tuesday.

Disruption on the rail network led to the closure of London’s King’s Cross station on Saturday afternoon after National Rail said it was “too crowded to be safe for all passengers”.

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Water levels remain high at Inverurie in Aberdeenshire

London North Eastern Railway (LNER) said it was running “an extremely limited service” but trains could be “subject to short-notice cancellation”.

The company, which operates services between Scotland and London on the east coast main line, said parts of its network have been impacted by flooding.

There are no trains at all running north of Edinburgh. Due to road closures, no bus replacement services are being provided.

Disruption to trains across Scotland is expected until the end of Sunday, National Rail said.

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The sea wall at Boddam in Aberdeenshire has been badly damaged

People across Scotland remain in temporary accommodation due to floods.

The red weather warning expired at 17:00. The Met Office previously had the warning in place until midnight.

Amber and yellow warnings for rain and wind cover much of eastern Scotland, while a yellow wind warning is in place for north-east England.

Network Rail also warned some routes in England will also be impacted over the weekend – including the Midland Main Line from Sheffield to London.

Greater Anglia services are also affected, due to flooding in the Stowmarket area, and there is also “widespread” disruption across the Midlands.

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Watch: ‘Catastrophic’ Storm Babet wreaks havoc across UK

The Environment Agency is monitoring Ladybower reservoir in Derbyshire, which is close to capacity after heavy rainfall. An overspill could cause flooding along the River Derwent.

Clive Stanbrook, area manager at Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service, told BBC Breakfast 100 people – including 20 care home residents – had to be rescued on Friday.

Meanwhile, the sporting calendar was also affected with football matches postponed in Scotland and horse racing called off at Stratford-on-Avon and Market Rasen in Lincolnshire.

Storm Babet: The story so far

  • Three people have died, including a man in his 60s who was caught in fast-flowing flood water in the town of Cleobury Mortimer in Shropshire on Friday
  • A 56-year-old man died after his van hit a tree near Forfar, and a 67-year-old woman was killed after being swept into the Water of Lee
  • Dozens of people have taken shelter in emergency accommodation – many in Angus and Aberdeenshire as well as 50 in the rural village of Debenham, Suffolk
  • In Scotland, roads and bridges collapsed and dozens of households had to be rescued in Angus, where flood defences were overwhelmed in the early hours – river levels rose 4.4m (14ft) higher than normal and continued to increase on Friday
  • Almost 13,000 households were without power late on Friday night – 10,000 across England and 2,800 in Scotland
  • Police forces have advised against travel in the red alert area
  • On Friday Leeds Bradford Airport shut after a plane skidded off the runway in the storm. Bosses opened the airport at 12:00 BST on Saturday
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Watch: Emergency services surround plane at Leeds Bradford Airport after it skidded off the runway

Angus Council – which was hit by the first red alert on Thursday – said it was prepared to call on the military for assistance if the situation in the region worsened significantly.

Brechin in Angus has been among the worst hit areas, with 60 households having to be rescued after they chose to remain in their homes despite an evacuation warning for the entire town.

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Serious damage has been caused in the Marykirk area, where a man was reported missing

Motorists across Scotland have been warned to exercise caution by police, amid an ongoing search for a driver who was reported to be trapped in a vehicle near Marykirk in Aberdeenshire in the early hours of Friday.

On Saturday evening, some residents in the Aberdeen suburb of Peterculter were advised to leave their homes “as a precaution” in case of flooding.

Aberdeen City Council said a rest centre was available at Culter Village Hall.

Image source, West Midlands Fire Service

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A woman was rescued in Wombourne, Staffordshire, after her car got stuck in a flooded ford and she was swept downstream

What is a red weather warning?

Red is the most severe of the Met Office’s three coloured weather warnings.

It means that dangerous weather is expected and, if you have not already done so, you should take action now to keep yourself and others safe from the impact of the severe weather.

It is very likely that there will be a risk to life, with substantial disruption to travel, energy supplies and possibly widespread damage to property and infrastructure.

You should avoid travelling, where possible, and follow the advice of the emergency services and local authorities.

You can read more about the weather warning system here.

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