‘Biblical’ floods set to ravage Brits in the run-up to Christmas

Further flooding misery is set to hit the nation in the run-up to Christmas.

The Met Office has told emergency services and councils to prepare for more rain than normal over the coming months.

It follows one of the wettest autumns in 250 years. And more rain is on the way in the next week.

Autumn is already the wettest on record in South Yorkshire, where half a year’s rain has fallen in 47 days.

Flooding described as “biblical” has devastated areas across the county and neighbouring Derbyshire.

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Homes could still be swamped by Christmas.Met Office figures show rainfall is up 94% so far this November across England and Wales.

Experts blame high-altitude Atlantic jet-stream winds catapulting a string of low pressure systems at Britain.

Dave Throup, from the Environment Agency, said: “This year is one of the wettest September and October combinations since records began in 1766.

“We’re hoping for a much drier December or flooding will be a real problem.”

But Government forecasters said a much-wetter-than-normal three months ahead is up to four times more likely than much-drier-than-average conditions.

The Met Office November to January forecast said: “The outlook implies an increased likelihood of impacts from heavy rainfall compared to normal at this time of year.”

Forecaster Greg Dewhurst said: “More rain bands are ahead next week.”

Emergency teams have been working 24 hours a day to try to reduce water levels in flooded communities.

But it is feared more rain could prove too much to be controlled.

Yesterday, 79 flood warnings remained in place, with a further 111 alerts.

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