A national flood support
centre has been set up to respond to further outbreaks of severe weather.
The Worcester centre's
opening comes after fire chiefs said they struggled to cope with this week's
floods. The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for England and
Wales this weekend, with more heavy rain due.
Hundreds of people are still out of their homes after this week's floods.
This week's floods have
been most severe in Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and the Midlands, and have
claimed the lives of at least four people. More than 3,000 properties are
estimated to have been flooded and fire crews have rescued about 3,500
Parts of Britain,
particularly Yorkshire, had more than a month’s rainfall in one day.
Brigades Union has described the rescue effort as the "biggest in peacetime
than usual rains caused several dams to burst, flooding homes and