Environment Agency issues flood warnings, with Northern England, Wales and Midlands most at risk

Britain is bracing itself for further floods as houses in parts of the country were inundated for the second time in eight months.

Dozens of flood warnings remained in place today as the Environment Agency said the next 48 hours would be critical.

Forecasters said the areas most at risk were Northern England, Wales and the Midlands.

Much of the ground is thought to be saturated from heavy rain early this week, raising the chances of further flooding if storms hit the country on Thursday as expected.

Defences have been put in place in some of the areas affected in July, such as Upton-upon-Severn in Worcestershire.

Many residents claim the government has not done enough to help the affected areas since last summer’s devastation.

Laurence Robertson, MP for Tewkesbury which was badly hit by last year’s floods, told the BBC: “I don’t think enough has been done. There are still hundreds living in caravans and they’re nowhere near to moving back home. And yet again they’ve got water at their door.”

But the Environment Agency offered homeowners some comfort, saying the problems would be far less serious than the floods last summer.