Thousands of homes face a renewed risk of flooding after heavy rain lashed Britain overnight and this morning rounding off the wettest April since records began.
More than 0.8in (20mm) of rain soaked some regions in the space of 12 hours as already-saturated river catchments neared bursting point – and more downpours are forecast for today.
It came after a man and his dog drowned when their car attempted to cross a flooded ford in Hampshire and around 1,000 people were evacuated from a Northamptonshire caravan park yesterday.
The Environment Agency (EA) remains on "high alert" for flooding and said it is paying "particular focus" on the counties of Somerset, Dorset and Devon, which experienced some of the heaviest of the overnight rainfall.
The agency has put in place 40 flood warnings across England and Wales where flooding is expected and 152 flood alerts, where flooding is possible. The only region to not be affected by the warnings is the north west.
Provisional figures from the Met Office suggest Britain has endured its wettest April since records began more than a century ago in 1910.