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In pictures: Floods across Britain and Ireland in aftermath of Storm Frank

Tanaiste Joan Burton's canoe capsized in Co. Kilkenny. Picture: RollingNews.ie
Tanaiste Joan Burton’s canoe capsized in Co. Kilkenny. Picture: RollingNews.ie

THERE was no sign of a White Christmas this season – instead, Britain and Ireland were battered with wind and rain.

Towns and villages were left under several feet of water in parts after Storm Frank swept across the Atlantic.

Governments on both sides of the Irish Sea met for crisis talks to deal with the increasing levels of flood water across the countries.

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In Ireland, southern parts were particularly badly hit, with flood waters spilling over in Cork City and the surrounding towns.

Parts of the midlands also saw major floods – with families evacuated from their homes in Athlone in Co. Westmeath, where the River Shannon burst its banks.

Tánaiste Joan Burton was left red-faced in Co. Kilkenny, where she was visiting Thomastown to inspect the storm’s damage when she fell from a canoe into the floodwaters.

In Britain, Yorkshire was one of the worst hit areas, with some towns experiencing several feet of floodwater, while others were completely cut off with all roads in and out covered in water.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn visited York on New Years Eve, five days after the city was hit with floods, saying he allowed the time to pass so that he would not get in the way of emergency services at a “critical” time.

Thousands of homes in Scotland and the North of Ireland were left without power as the rain continued to fall.

Storm Frank died down over the weekend but the worst hit parts of Britain and Ireland are still dealing with high flood waters as the rivers slowly return to normal levels.

As the clean up gets underway, we are not expected to have much of a respite as Storm Gertrude is expected to blow towards Britain and Ireland this month.

See pictures from flooded Britain and Ireland below

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James Mulhall is a reporter with The Irish Post. Follow him on Twitter @JamzMulhall

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