Storm Christoph tracker: Army on standby with 291 flood alerts – will it hit your area?

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Parts of the country could see two months' worth of average rainfall in just two-and-a-half days as Storm Christoph batters Britain and the army remains on standby.

The environment agency has issued 48 flood warnings and 174 flood alerts this morning in England – see full list below.

There are 53 flood alerts and 11 flood warnings in Wales, and 5 flood alerts in Scotland.

Weather warnings for heavy rain are in force across the country, and the unsettled conditions could also bring significant flooding, high winds and snowfall as the storm engulfs the country through the middle of the week.

The Met Office's most serious weather warning – amber for rain – has been in place across parts of the Midlands and northern England since Tuesday morning, while a less serious yellow warning is in place across the rest of England, parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Storm Christoph has caused concern for people living in areas devastated by the floods at the end of 2019, who say they are preparing for the worst to happen again.

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The army has been placed on standby to help with potential flooding as soon as today, according to the Telegraph.

Simon Partridge, a Met Office forecaster, explained: "It's not a traditional sort of storm, it's going to be windy but it's not based on the wind strength at all, it's really down to the disruption that's being caused by rain.

"There are already parts of Cumbria that have already seen over 80mm of rain since midnight on Tuesday and there's a large number of places that have seen 50mm, and we are going to see further rain over the next 24 to 36 hours."

Honister Pass in Cumbria saw 77mm of rain between midnight and 6pm on Tuesday, according to Environment Agency figures.

Vehicles pass through flood water on the A6, Derby Road in Hathern, Leicestershire
(Image: Adam Gerrard / Daily Mirror)

The River Ouse in York city centre has broken its banks this morning
(Image: Andrew McCaren/LNP)

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Mr Partridge said the storm meant that some areas could see double the average amount of monthly rainfall over a few days.

He said: "Those areas that have seen between 50mm and 70mm already, the warning is out until midday on Thursday, so an extremely long period, but by then we could see up to 150mm to possibly 200mm of rainfall.

"The Midlands for example, their average rainfall total for the whole month is 73mm, so they could easily get double that in the course of two, two and a half days."

Floodwaters have already risen in parts of the country, with a motorist pictured stranded in Leicester, and workmen in York preparing flood defences on Tuesday morning near the city's River Ouse.

A father and son look at the River Calder near Sanbed
(Image: Tom Maddick / SWNS)

Pat Meadows, from Tickhill, South Yorkshire is braced for more flooding
(Image: Glen Minikin)

Tuesday also saw disruption to transport, with Network Rail reporting delays and some line closures in the North West in the evening.

However, residents of Fishlake, South Yorkshire – which was cut off by the floodwaters just over a year ago, said they are much better prepared this time with many having sandbags dropped outside their properties on Tuesday.

A major incident was declared in both Greater Manchester and South Yorkshire ahead of the expected heavy rainfall.

North Yorkshire County Council said more than 15,000 sandbags were at the ready around the county.

Meanwhile, Public Health England (PHE) issued a cold weather alert from "first thing" on Thursday until 9am on January 25 for the North East, North West and Yorkshire and the Humber.

The agency said the risk of flooding will amplify the public health risks of the severe cold weather.

Flood alerts and warnings around the country
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48 hour Weather Forecast In Your Area: North East England

Today will be a cold and wet day with outbreaks of rain and drizzle, with the rain turning heavy at times.

Rain, sleet and hill snow continue overnight with further heavy bursts likely.

On Thursday outbreaks of rain, sleet and hill snow will gradually clear through the morning, leaving sunny spells and scattered wintry showers.

North West England

Heavy rain will be seen throughout Wednesday, which will be torrential at times with an ongoing flood risk.

Temperatures will be mild, but with strong winds, particularly along coasts and in the south.

On Thursday clear spells and showers, wintry over hills, are forecast throughout the day.

Flooding on a lane in Bramhall
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Yorkshire & Humber

In Yorkshire there will be a rather mild start to the day with outbreaks of rain and drizzle.

Rain will be heavy and persistent at times, especially over higher ground.

Outbreaks of rain, sleet and hill snow will gradually clear through Thursday morning leaving sunny spells and scattered wintry showers.

It will be very windy and bitterly cold with gales over hills and coasts.

East Midlands

It will be a mild day today with outbreaks of rain and drizzle, heavy at times particularly over higher ground.

Outbreaks of rain, with possible hill snow for the Peak District will clear early Thursday.

Sunny spells and scattered showers will remain on Thursday, when it will be windy and bitterly cold.

Council workers build a flood defence wall to protect houses next to the River Ouse
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West Midlands

Ongoing outbreaks of heavy rain will be torrential at times with an ongoing flood risk on Wednesday.

It will turn colder on Thursday with sunny spells and a few blustery showers.

East of England

A mild day is in store with outbreaks of rain and drizzle, perhaps heavy at times.

Further periods of heavy rain are likely overnight but it will become drier and clearer by dawn.

Thursday will be a cold, bright and blustery day with plenty of sunny spells, but also a few showers.

A child cycling along a flooded road in Earith
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London & South East

A mild day is in store today with outbreaks of rain and drizzle, perhaps heavy at times.

Thursday will be a cold, bright and blustery day with plenty of sunny spells, but also a few showers. It will feel colder than in recent days.

Southwest England

Heavy rain will hit this morning with occasional drier spells this afternoon.

Thursday will be cold with plenty of sunny spells and a few blustery showers. Strong winds will gradually ease.

A measuring stick in the River Trent at Stoke Bardolf in Nottinghamshire
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Flood warnings

Areas closest to Sankey Brook at Dallam

B1040 Thorney to Whittlesey Road to the South of the River Nene

Collingham Beck at Collingham

Fouracres and The Crescent at Maghull

Keswick Campsite

Low lying properties in the Upper Hull catchment

North Bank Road alongside the River Nene, east of Peterborough and west of Dog-in-a-Doublet Sluice

River Aire at Allerton Ings, Barnsdale Road and Properties

River Blithe from Blithfield Reservoir to Bancroft

River Calder at Horbury – The Strands

River Derwent at Buttercrambe Mill

River Derwent at Old Malton

River Eden at Carlisle, Rickerby Park, Swifts and Stoneyholme Golf Courses

River Esk from Briggswath to Ruswarp

River Glen at Greatford and Kates Bridge

River Goyt at Whaley Bridge

River Mersey at Cheadle Wood and Ford lane

River Nidd at Hunsingore

River Nidd at Knaresborough Caravan Parks and Goldsborough Mill Farm

River Nidd at Low Laithe

River Ouse at Naburn Lock

River Ouse at York – riverside properties

River Ouse at York – St George's Field and Queen's Staith

River Ribble at Samlesbury, around Brockholes Reserve and Lower Brockholes Quarry

River Ribble at Walton-le-Dale, area from Fishwick Bottoms to Railway Bridge

River Roch at Littleborough

River Roch in Rochdale

River Seven at Marton

River Seven at Normanby

River Soar at Zouch Island

River Swale at Howe village and by Skipton Bridge

River Ure at Roecliffe Caravan Park

River Vyrnwy at Maesbrook

River Vyrnwy at Melverley

River Weaver at Acton Bridge and Weaverham

River Weaver at Shrewbridge Lodge

River Witham and associated Fens from Chapel Hill to Boston

River Witham and associated Fens from Washingborough to Metheringham

River Witham and associated Fens from Woodhall Spa to Chapel Hill

River Wreake at Frisby-on-the-Wreake

River Wreake for mills at Hoby, Thrussington and Ratcliffe

River Wye at Ashford in the Water, Church Street area

River Wye at Litton Mill

River Wye at Wye Bank and Milford at Bakewell

Speet Gill at Wigton, Burnfoot

Walsden Water at Walsden

Wiza Beck and Black Beck at Wigton, Station Rd

Wiza Beck, Flosh Beck, Speet Gill and Black Beck at Wigton

4×4 Response vehicles make their way through floodwater in Mountsorrel, Leicestershire
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Flood alerts

B1041 between Little Paxton and St Neots in Cambridgeshire

Barnstaple, Braunton, Ilfracombe and Combe Martin Area

Blackburn Brook

Bottle Brook in Derbyshire

Burstwick and Keyingham Drains

Burton Trent

Earby Beck and Glusburn Beck

Earith Causeway in Cambridgeshire

East and West Glens

Exmoor Rivers

Groundwater flooding in the Candovers and Old Alresford

Hundred Foot Washes in Cambridgeshire and Norfolk

Little Ouse River and River Thet in Suffolk and Norfolk

Loughborough Urban Watercourses

Lower Derwent in Derbyshire

Lower Dove Brooks and Egginton Brook in Derbyshire

Lower Dove Brooks in Staffordshire

Lower Glen and Bourne Eau System

Lower Nene

Lower River Aire catchment

Lower River Calder catchment

Lower River Cam in Cambridgeshire

Lower River Coquet

Lower River Derwent

Lower River Don catchment

Lower River Douglas

Lower River Eden

Lower River Great Ouse in Central Bedfordshire, Bedford Borough and Cambridgeshire

Lower River Irwell catchment including areas in Greater Manchester

Lower River Lune and Conder

Lower River Nidd catchment

Lower River Ribble and Darwen

Lower River Soar in Leicestershire

Lower River Swale

Lower River Tees and estuarine tributaries

Lower River Ure

Lower River Wear

Lower River Wharfe

Lower River Witham

Lower River Wyre

Middle Exe Area

Middle Nene

Middle River Aire catchment

Middle River Don

Middle River Great Ouse in Milton Keynes, Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire

Middle River Mersey catchment including areas near Bramhall, Stockport, Sale, Altrincham and Urmston

Middle River Nidd catchment

Minor Watercourses from Heighington to Dunston

North West Norfolk Rivers

River Alt, Formby to Huyton

River Amber in Derbyshire

River Anker and River Sence

River Arrow in Herefordshire

River Blithe and River Swarbourn

River Bollin catchment, including Knutsford, Wilmslow, Macclesfield and Bollington

River Calder in east Lancashire

River Cherwell from Lower Heyford down to and including Oxford

River Churnet and River Tean

River Coln and its tributaries

River Colne, Holme and Fenay Beck

River Crimple catchment

River Dane catchment including Kidsgrove, Sandbach, Congleton, Middlewich and Northeast Crewe

River Dart Area

River Dearne catchment

River Dee catchment in England from Whitchurch to Chester

River Devon and Smite in Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire

River Dikler from Condicote to Little Rissington

River Ditton catchment including areas around Huyton-with-Roby and Widnes

River Dove catchment

River Ecclesbourne in Derbyshire

River Erewash in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire

River Esk catchment

River Foulness and Market Weighton catchment

River Frome in Herefordshire

River Granta in Essex and Cambridgeshire

River Idle in Nottinghamshire

River Leadon Catchment

River Leam and River Itchen

River Leen and Day Brook in Nottinghamshire

River Lostock and River Yarrow

River Lugg south of Leominster

River Maun in Nottinghamshire

River Mease

River Meden in Nottinghamshire

River Mersey Uplands catchment including Hyde, Ashton-under-Lyne, Denton, Stalybridge and Glossop

River Nar in Norfolk

River Ray and its tributaries from Shipton Lee to and including Islip

River Rede

River Rhee in Central Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire

River Riccal catchment

River Rye catchment

River Sankey catchment with St Helens and Warrington

Rivers Brathay, Rothay and Winster

Rivers Caldew and Petteril

Rivers Cocker, Marron and Derwent

River Sence in Leicestershire

Rivers Esk and Irthing

River Seven catchment

River Severn in Shropshire

River Sheaf and Porter Brook

Rivers in the Forest of Dean

River Skerne

River Sow and River Penk

River Spen and Batley Beck catchments

Rivers Pont and Blyth

Rivers Wampool and Ellen

River Teign area

River Thame and Chalgrove Brook

River Trent from Cromwell Weir to Gainsborough

River Trent in Derbyshire

River Trent in Nottinghamshire

River Trent Tributaries in Nottinghamshire

River Tyne

River Wansbeck

River Went catchment

River Windrush from Bourton to Newbridge

River Wiske and tributaries

River Wissey in Norfolk

River Worth catchment

River Wreake in Leicestershire

River Wye in Derbyshire

River Wye in Herefordshire

Rothley Brook in Leicestershire

Ryton Oldcotes catchment

Severn Vyrnwy confluence

South Forty Foot Drain

Stoke Trent

Sutton Gault Causeway in Cambridgeshire

The River Bure, Spixworth Beck and surrounding Becks

The River Burn from Southgate and Waterden to Burnham Thorpe

The River Stiffkey from Fulmodeston to Warham

The Rivers Tud and Wensum from Fakenham to Costessey, including Wendling Beck

The River Waveney from Diss and the River Dove to Ellingham, including Bungay

The tidal Rivers Bure, Ant and Thurne

The tidal River Waveney from Ellingham to Breydon Water

The tidal River Yare from Thorpe St Andrew to Breydon Water

The upper Rivers Yare, Tiffey, Tas and Wacton

Tidal River Aire catchment

Tidal River Ouse from Naburn Lock to Selby

Tidal River Ouse from Selby to Faxfleet

Tidal River Wharfe

Tributaries of the lower River Witham from Blankney to Sleaford

Upper Bristol Avon Area

Upper Derwent in Derbyshire

Upper River Aire

Upper River Calder catchment

Upper River Cam in Essex and Cambridgeshire

Upper River Coquet

Upper River Derwent

Upper River Derwent, Stonethwaite Beck and Derwent Water

Upper River Don catchment

Upper River Douglas

Upper River Eden

Upper River Hull catchment

Upper River Irwell catchment with Oldham, Bolton, Rochdale, Haslingden, Ramsbottom and Rawtenstall

Upper River Nidd catchment

Upper River Ouse

Upper River Ribble, Hodder

Upper River Stour

Upper River Swale

Upper River Tamar

Upper River Tees

Upper River Ure

Upper River Wharfe

Upper River Wyre, Brock

Upper Soar catchment

Upper Teme

Weaver catchment including Nantwich, Frodsham, Crewe, Winsford and Northwich

Welney Causeway in Norfolk

Western Rother

Wirral catchment with Heswall, Ellesmere Port, Bebington, Hoylake and Wallasey

Witham in North Kesteven

Witham in South Kesteven

Wyke Beck, Meanwood Beck and Wortley Beck catchments.