Flooding

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North Sea flood devastates large areas of low-lying Europe – archive, 1953
On the night of 31 January 1953, a heavy storm struck the Netherlands, Belgium and the UK, overwhelming sea defences and causing extensive flooding. See how the Guardian and Observer reported events

Compiled by Richard Nelsson

25, Jan, 2023 @12:13 PM

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Thousands of dead carp wash up on South Australia’s beaches
Invasive fish carried in flood waters die in marine environment, as scientists call for herpes virus to be considered in management

Tory Shepherd

24, Jan, 2023 @6:14 AM

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Long way around: Australian man’s epic 5,000km detour to get his car back home
After the way home was cut off by floods, Chris English set off on an alternative route further than driving from Madrid to Moscow

Elias Visontay

19, Jan, 2023 @3:44 AM

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Flood alert systems automated as Environment Agency workers go on strike
Automatic warning system activated to issue flood alerts during industrial action by staff on Wednesday

Damien Gayle

18, Jan, 2023 @8:23 AM

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From wetland wonder to Woodstock: in praise of the alder tree
Plantwatch pays tribute to a water-resistant species whose uses range from flood defence to Hendrix’s Fender Stratocaster

Paul Simons

18, Jan, 2023 @6:00 AM

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UK weather: heavy snow could trigger power cuts as country freezes
Met Office warns of up to 15cm of snow in some areas as public urged not to travel due to treacherous conditions

Jessica Murray

17, Jan, 2023 @4:24 PM

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Activists call for immediate halt to duck and kangaroo hunting after Murray Darling floods
Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia have increased kangaroo harvest quotas for 2023 but impact from floods yet to be assessed

Fleur Connick

17, Jan, 2023 @2:00 PM

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‘Dangerous flash flooding’ warning for North Queensland regions – as it happened
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Josh Taylor and Rafqa Touma (earlier)

17, Jan, 2023 @7:43 AM

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UK weather: temperatures forecast to drop further on Tuesday
Warnings of ice and snow across UK as forecasters say temperatures could plunge as low as -11 in Scotland

Harry Taylor

16, Jan, 2023 @4:05 PM

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California’s rainstorm hell ‘among the most deadly disasters in our history’
The series of storms that have pummeled the state have killed at least 19 people and left swaths of land flooded

Dani Anguiano in Los Angeles and Gabrielle Canon in Sacramento

16, Jan, 2023 @11:00 AM

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Travellers stranded and emergency refuges opened as heavy rain cuts off roads in north Queensland
PCYC and others open their doors as motels reach capacity, with motorists stuck and flash flooding possible for next 24 hours

Joe Hinchliffe and Australian Associated Press

16, Jan, 2023 @4:45 AM

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UK weather: flooding and travel disruption after heavy rain
Roads submerged and railway lines blocked as warnings in place for further flooding and strong winds

Jamie Grierson and Harry Taylor

12, Jan, 2023 @7:45 PM

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