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Thousands hit by floods and power cuts at Christmas

Thousands hit by floods and power cuts at Christmas

25 December 2013

By BBC News

Flooding is causing difficulties for thousands of people in southern England after stormy weather lashed the UK.

Three severe flood warnings are in place in Surrey and Dorset, with many people rescued from homes overnight.

And some 50,000 homes, mostly in southern England, are without electricity on Christmas morning.

Gatwick Airport said it was running a full service, but advised people to check with airlines before flying after floods caused cancellations on Tuesday.

Armed police had to be called in to man information desks and deal with furious passengers who were stranded or delayed, one man told the BBC.

A spokeswoman said all flights apart from those with British Airways would be departing from the South terminal on Wednesday.

Risk of flooding

The River Mole in Surrey has burst its banks in several areas and an Environment Agency severe flood warning – which means a danger to life – has been issued for Leatherhead.

Man wades through rising floodwater from the River Mole outside the Burford Bridge Hotel near Dorking on December 24 2013 Rising floodwater from the River Mole has affected residents in Surrey

via BBC News – Thousands hit by floods and power cuts at Christmas.

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