UK weather – Houses collapse and owners beg for help in killer Storm Christoph floods as Boris warns worse is to come

HOUSES have collapsed and owners have begged for help in killer Storm Christoph floods – as Boris Johnson warns the worst is yet to come.

The storm wreaked havoc across the UK yesterday, with large swathes of the country hit by severe flooding.

More than a month’s rain fell in just 56 hours, turning rivers into raging torrents.

A massive sinkhole suddenly appeared in the road in Gorton, Manchester, bringing two homes crumbling to the ground.

Shocking footage shows the front of terraced houses collapsing as a man's voice can be heard shouting "get back!".

The properties sank into the ground, sending debris flying into neighbours down the street.

In Wales, more than six emergency service vehicles were called to the banks of the River Taff at Blackweir after a walker spotted a body.

Rescue teams were scouring the riverbank – but the flooded river was hampering the search.

Cops later recovered the body of a middle-aged man after divers went into the water.

Roads resembled rivers in Skewen, Wales. A resident shared a shocking video showing floodwaters rushing through the town.

"If anyone can help please… the whole street is flooded," she can be heard saying.

Forty-five residents – some in their mid-90s – at a care home in Northwich, Chesire had to be rescued by emergency services.

The floods left them stranded without electricity and heating.

Two thousand homes in Didsbury, Greater Manchester, were evacuated and residents relocated to nearby leisure centres and hotels.

But the herculean effort to stop the nearby River Mersey from breaching its banks protected 10,000 from catastrophe.

The river swelled to 10.7ft (3.27m) amid the downpours – beating the previous record by a foot – and came within a few centimetres of breaking its banks.

Workers used sluice gates and "improvised emergency flood defences" to keep it from rising further.

Boris Johnson flew to the north west to see the damage for himself as 8in of rain in just 48 hours saw rivers swell to record levels.

He praised brave workers who battled round-the-clock to shore up flood defences amid the devastating deluge.

But he warned worse was still to come with torrential downpours expected to rage on into the weekend and next week.

The PM applauded the work already done but cautioned: "There will be more to come, there will be further rain next week.

"It is vital that people who are in potentially affected areas follow the advice and get the Environment Agency flood alerts where they can."

In another blow, flood-hit areas could have their Covid vaccines diverted to others if water levels keep rising.

A Whitehall source told the Telegraph that vaccine supplies would be held back from jab centres that have had to close due to the storm.


Last night, there were still three severe 'danger to life' flood warnings in place, in addition to a staggering 400 flood warnings and alerts.

And river levels were continuing to rise with another 2in of rain on the way.

There are still yellow weather warnings for snow, ice and rain for the UK today in the wake of Storm Christoph.

The Met Office says that "heavy snow and strong winds will bring blizzard conditions at times and cause travel disruption.

"Ice will be an additional hazard in places."

Meanwhile, rescue workers were last night evacuating 50 elderly residents by boat after their retirement village was flooded beneath 5ft of water.

They were trapped inside Weaver Court in Northwich, Cheshire, after it was left without any electricity or heating due to the downpours.

Workers also battled through the night to save thousands of doses of the Covid vaccine after flooding hit a major plant.

They fought to shore up the site in Wrexham as rising water levels threatened to breach the building.

The plant, which overlooks the River Dee, has been tasked with making 300 million doses of the Oxford AstraZeneca jab per year.

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