By Claire West

Latest figures show that around 400 properties have flooded since Wednesday and the Environment Agency has sent over 110,000 warnings to people at risk of flooding.

Flood defences have protected more than 20,000 properties across England and Wales, including 4,000 properties in Cornwall.

Emergency teams from the Environment Agency have been working through the night to shore up defences, monitor river levels, clear blockages from watercourses and pump out flood water from towns.

Slower responding rivers in the South East, Midlands and North East will continue to rise over the next few days.

Paul Mustow, Head of Flood Incident Management at the Environment Agency, said: “Floods have a devastating impact on peoples’ lives, particularly at this time of year, and our thoughts are with those that have been affected.
“We are expecting more flooding overnight into tomorrow and communities across South West England are urged to remain especially vigilant.
“Environment Agency flood defences have protected more than 20,000 homes and our teams are continuing to work around the clock with local emergency services to keep communities safe.

“If you’re going away for the Christmas holidays, give yourself extra time to make your journey, check your route before travelling and avoid driving through flood water.”