‘Danger to life’ flood warning in UK – 1,300 residents encouraged to evacuate

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Three severe flood warnings have been issued in Bedford meaning there is a "danger to life."

Emergency services are working to evacuate those in need in Bedfordshire.

Bedford International Athletic Stadium and Bromham Village Hall are being used for those forced to flee their homes, according to Sky News.

More than 1,300 people have been encouraged to leave their homes after flood levels rose.

Those living along the River Great Ouse have been contacted.

Flooding began on Christmas Day when fire crews with boats began to rescue those in trouble.

Supt Steve Ashdown said: "River levels are extremely high and we are expecting this to have a significant impact."

It comes after flood warnings were issued for areas along the River Great Ouse by The Environmental Agency.

Cops warned of a "really serious situation" according to the BBC.

"The fact this is happening on Christmas Day makes the situation even worse, especially after the disruption so many of us have had to our plans already and I really do sympathise with people," Supt Ashdown, of Bedfordshire Police, said.

"But this is a really serious situation and we need people to take action in order to keep themselves safe."

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Bedford Mayor Dave Hodgson said: "The Environment Agency is expecting this to be the highest level of flooding seen in Bedford borough in a number of years and, working with partners, we are strongly encouraging people who are at risk of flooding and have been contacted to leave if they can do so safely."

According to Bedfordshire Police, the situation "over-rides" current coronavirus regulations.

The are is currently under Tier 4 restrictions.

It comes after heavy rain fell across the Great Ouse catchment over the past few days, with further rain expected over December 27 to 28.

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