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February 14, 2014

Flooding in Britain

Weeks of extraordinary wet weather has lead to disastrous flooding in Britain. The area has seen the most rain in almost 250 years. Homes and farms have been flooded for weeks in southwest England with worries of more rain to come. --Leanne Burden Seidel (28 photos total)

A boot floats in flood water at a flooded estate in Egham after the River Thames burst its banks in southeast England Feb. 13. ( Luke MacGregor/Reuters)

A couple wade along a flooded road near Egham, west of London on Feb. 12. Flooded communities in Britain faced a fresh battering from storms and high winds as emergency efforts in stricken areas picked up following criticism of a sluggish response. (Carl Court/AFP/Getty Images) #

Matt Beesley looks out of the window in his flooded living room that faces onto the River Severn on Feb. 12, in Worcester, England. The Environment Agency has issued flood warnings for dozens of areas along the River Severn. With heavier rains forecast for the coming week people are preparing for the water levels to rise. (Rob Stothard/Getty Images) #

Worker's continue to build flood defenses around Moorland resident Sam Notaro's house in the flooded village of Moorland near Bridgwater on the Somerset Levels on Feb. 10, in Somerset, England. Thousands of acres of the Somerset Levels have been under water for weeks, yet flood levels are still rising and worryingly, more rain is forecast for later this week.(Matt Cardy/Getty Images) #

Tricia Tompkins receives a lift from a member of the RSPCA water rescue team as they evacuate her pet cats on Feb. 12, in Wraysbury, England. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images) #

People wait in heavy rain and hail for a shuttle bus to take them across Worcester Bridge, closed to general traffic due to an increase in flood levels on Feb. 12, in Worcester, England.(Rob Stothard/Getty Images) #

Nigel Gray leaves his home in a rowing boat after the river Thames flooded the village of Wraysbury, southern England Feb. 10. (Eddie Keogh/Reuters) #

Swans swim over a soccer pitch after the Thames River flooded Windsor, southern England Feb. 12. (Eddie Keogh/Reuters) #

A local resident wades through his flooded kitchen as he returns to his home in Egham on Feb. 11, 2014. Driven by the wettest winter in England since 1766, the floods first hit southwest England about seven weeks ago. But they are now creeping eastwards towards London, into the wealthy suburbs lining the River Thames which are the heartland of Cameron's centre-right Conservative party. (Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images) #

Children play in a flooded residential street on Feb. 11, 2014 in Egham, United Kingdom. (Oli Scarff/Getty Images) #

Two women use pushchairs to transport sandbags to the entrance of their properties which are at risk from River Thames flood waters on Feb. 12, in Cookham, England. (Oli Scarff/Getty Images) #

A man hands a piece of paper to a resident of a flooded house at Wraysbury, England, Feb. 10, 2014. The River Thames has burst its banks after reaching its highest level in years, flooding riverside towns upstream of London. (Sang Tan/Associated Press) #

Flooded properties are seen as water surrounds the village of Moorland on the Somerset Levels near Bridgwater on Feb. 10, in Somerset, England. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images) #

Police officers from Thames Valley's Specialist Search and Recovery Team patrol flood waters in the High Street on Feb. 12, in Datchet, England. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images) #

Flooded homes at night fall on Feb. 11, in Wraysbury, England. Some say that they will stay in their houses even though they have been offered help to evacuate as flood water rises. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images) #

Farmer Hayley Matthew watches flood waters rising from her car as she evacuates her property in the village of Moorland, in southwest England Feb. 7. Many areas of the Somerset Levels have been underwater for over a month in the wettest January in Britain on record. (Toby Melville /Reuters) #

British army soldiers place sandbags at the entrance to a flooded house at Chertsey, England, Feb. 12. The River Thames has burst its banks after reaching its highest level for many years, flooding riverside towns upstream of London. (Sang Tan/Associated Press) #

Residents walk through the flooded part of the village of Wraysbury, England, Feb. 12. Britain's weather service has said climate change is likely linked to a spate of storms and floods battering the country _ the latest of which hit the west coast with winds gusting at more than 100 miles (160 kilometers) an hour. (Lefteris Pitarakis/Associated Press) #

Devon and Somerset Fire and rescue service evacuate 16 Bassett Hound dogs and a similar number of cats near flood waters on a digger in Burrowbridge on Feb. 9. (Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images) #

Millions of gallons of water are pumped from flooded land surrounding the village of Burrowbridge on the Somerset Levels on Feb. 10, in Moorland, England. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images) #

Soldiers assist residents trying to protect their property from floodwaters in Egham, west of London on Feb. 12. Flooded communities in Britain faced a fresh battering from storms and high winds, with hundreds more homes threatened by the advancing waters. (Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images) #

Local residents queue to fill their sandbags in Egham, west of London on Feb. 12. (Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images) #

A local resident pushes belongings on a cart through the flooded part of the town of Staines-upon-Thames, England, as a police van patrols the area, Feb. 12. Prime Minister David Cameron insisted Tuesday that money is no object in the battle against the widespread flooding that has engulfed parts of England. (Lefteris Pitarakis/Associated Press) #

An elderly man is evacuated from his home by fire and rescue services personnel on a flooded street in Egham on Feb. 12. (Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images) #

Children play in flood water blocking the main A361 at Burrow Bridge on Feb. 2, near Langport in Somerset, England. ( Matt Cardy/Getty Images) #

A resident tries to construct flood defenses in the village of Wraysbury, west of London on Feb. 12. Flooded communities in Britain faced a fresh battering from storms and high winds, with hundreds more homes threatened by the advancing waters. (Carl Court/AFP/Getty Images) #

A fire and rescue crew help evacuate residents from flood-affected homes adjacent to the river Thames in Walton-on-Thames on Feb. 10, in London, England. (Oli Scarff/Getty Images) #

A man walks beside the River Tone seen from Windmill Hill, near Burrowbridge, south western England, as flooding persists on the Somerset Levels, Jan. 29. Farmers, politicians and church leaders are demanding the Government takes immediate action to alleviate the flooding that has left a trail of devastation on the Somerset Levels.(Tim Ireland/PA via Associated Press) #
 
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