17 Feb 2014

UK floods – in numbers

Check out the Channel 4 News infographic mapping the UK floods in numbers.

It began in December: the worst tidal surge for 60 years on 5 December, flooding in places as far apart as Scotland and Essex, and disruption across the nation’s transport network.

And it got worse. Severe weather and ensuing problems over Christmas left thousands without power for the festive period. January didn’t bring much respite: widespread flooding and flood warnings, with particular problems in the Somerset Levels.

On 30 January, the Met Office confirmed that it had been the wettest January since records began in 1910, with more than double the amount of average rainfall. Things worsened even futher in February, with wild weather hitting first much of the south of the country and then spreading to the north.

Read more: Channel 4 News floods timeline

Politicians got involved, with Prime Minister David Cameron taking charge of the government’s emergency committee, Cobra, and many of the party leaders donning wellies to go and see the damage themselves.

The severe weather continued throughout the first two weeks of February, bringing devastation in places including Tewkesbury, Dawlish, Chertsey, Wraysbury and Datchet.

Now the wild weather is calming down, we’ve taken a look back at the floods in numbers (above). But it’s not over yet – many areas remain under water and there are warnings that it could be some time before the floods recede.

Read more: Weather Presenter Liam Dutton on the weather to come
Floods (Getty)