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Torrential Flooding Continues in Wales, England

By: RTV/NNS/CBS
By: RTV/NNS/CBS

The body of a woman was found in her flooded home in north Wales on Tuesday, November 28, as rescue workers fought to free residents trapped when the local river burst its banks.

The small town of St Asaph in Denbighshire was engulfed when the River Elwy overflowed onto its streets.

Fire fighters were joined by volunteer members of the local RNLI sea rescue organization, to free householders from properties flooded with chest-height water.

Britain's Environment Agency said on Tuesday that nearly 1,000 homes across England and Wales had been flooded since the onset of the wet weather almost a week ago.

Flood warnings were in place in some 350 locations on Tuesday evening.

Concern over the flooding among householders in Britain was exasperated when it emerged that the government had refused to bankroll a fund to subsidies insurance for households in flood-prone areas, derailing talks over the scheme and potentially leaving 200,000 homes without protection.

The government told insurers it will not provide an overdraft to the proposed fund, leaving talks over the plan deadlocked, the Association of British Insurers said on Monday, November 26.

On Tuesday, British Prime Minister David Cameron said he would personally intervene to find a resolution.

"I'm sure we will do a deal; we're in negotiations at the moment. We need to take a tough approach frankly, it's important that insurance companies do what they are meant to, which is provide insurance for households, and we're going to make sure that happens," Cameron said, during a visit to a flood-hit community at Buckfastleigh in Devon.

Britain has been hit by several severe floods over the past 10 years, with one in the summer of 2007 costing insurers about 3 billion pounds ($4.8 billion).


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