Storm Christoph: More rain expected next week as temperatures plunge to -10c

Flooding is a “real tragedy” for anyone whose home is hit, Environment Secretary George Eustace has said, adding that preparations are under way for further rain expected next week.

He told BBC Breakfast: “If you look at this latest episode, we have had around 70 homes that have been flooded and that is a real tragedy for those (people).

“It is incredibly disruptive when people have their homes flooded but around 26,000 homes have been protected from the various flood defence assets we have had in place.

“We have got 600 people on the ground putting up temporary barriers, using pumps in areas of Manchester where there were particular flood challenges.”

He added: “We are particularly monitoring the situation in Yorkshire as the water moves through those river systems and, of course, preparing as well for next week where later next week more rain is expected.”

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