Severe flooding as Storm Frank batters northern UK

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Severe flooding as Storm Frank batters northern UK
A cyclist and driver negotiate a flooded sea front road as waves breach the sea wall in the coastal village of Carnlough, in Northern Ireland, on December 30, 2015 amid strong wind brought by Storm Frank. Heavy rain and gales brought by Storm Frank battered Britain bringing fresh flooding and leaving thousands without power. AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITH / AFP / PAUL FAITH (Photo credit should read PAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images)
Drivers negotiate a sea front road covered in shingle, debris and water after hide tide breached the sea wall in the coastal village of Carnlough, in Northern Ireland, on December 20, 2015 amid strong wind brought by Storm Frank. Heavy rain and gales brought by Storm Frank battered Britain bringing fresh flooding and leaving thousands without power. AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITH / AFP / PAUL FAITH (Photo credit should read PAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images)
A sign warning of imminent flooding is seen on the edge of floodwaters along the River Nith that burst its banks in Dumfries, southern Scotland, on December 30, 2015 after heavy rainfall brought by Storm Frank. Storm Frank battered Scotland leaving thousands of homes without power and severe floods in its wake. AFP PHOTO / ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP / Andy Buchanan (Photo credit should read ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP/Getty Images)
A resident climbs over a flood board and sandbags protecting a property against flooding in Dumfries, southern Scotland, on December 30, 2015 after heavy rainfall brought by Storm Frank. Storm Frank battered Scotland leaving thousands of homes without power and severe floods in its wake. AFP PHOTO / ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP / Andy Buchanan (Photo credit should read ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Cars are submerged in floodwater on a carriageway of the M74 motorway at Biggar, in southern Scotland, on December 30, 2015 after heavy rainfall brought by Storm Frank. Storm Frank battered Scotland leaving thousands of homes without power and severe floods in its wake. AFP PHOTO / ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP / Andy Buchanan (Photo credit should read ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Waves crash against Newhaven Lighthouse in southern England on December 30, 2015, as 'Storm Frank' sweeps across Britain. With more floods forecast Wednesday as Storm Frank sweeps in, Britain is asking whether its defences can deal with extreme weather events, with many accusing David Cameron's government of negligence. AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK / AFP / GLYN KIRK (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
BLACKPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 30: A man poses for a photograph as heavy winds produce waves on Blackpool seafront as Storm Frank hits the United Kingdom on December 30, 2015 in Blackpool, England. The Met Office have issued yellow warnings as Storm Frank is expected to bring heavy rain and gale force winds to the North of England and Scotland. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)
Members of the emergency services assess the damage to a bridge caused by floodwater over the River Wharfe in Tadcaster, in northern England, on December 30, 2015. With more floods forecast Wednesday as Storm Frank sweeps in, Britain is asking whether its defences can deal with extreme weather events, with many accusing David Cameron's government of negligence. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF / AFP / OLI SCARFF (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)
TADCASTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 30: Members of the Swift Water Rescue Team from Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue stand on the river banks at the site of the collapsed bridge over the River Wharfe in Tadcaster which collapsed after heavy flooding on December 30, 2015 in Tadcaster, England. Heavy rain over the Christmas period has caused more flooding in parts of northern England with homes in Yorkshire and Lancashire evacuated as water levels continue to rise in many parts. Further severe weather is expected with the approach of Storm Frank. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
A picture shows pedestrian areas flooded along the River Nith that burst its banks in Dumfries, southern Scotland, on December 30, 2015 after heavy rainfall brought by Storm Frank. Storm Frank battered Scotland leaving thousands of homes without power and severe floods in its wake. AFP PHOTO / ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP / Andy Buchanan (Photo credit should read ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP/Getty Images)
TADCASTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 30: Members of the Swift Water Rescue Teams from Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue use boats to pass a rope across the bridge as British Telecom engineers install a fibre optic cable to establish communications at the site of the collapsed bridge over the River Wharfe in Tadcaster which collapsed after heavy flooding on December 30, 2015 in Tadcaster, England. Heavy rain over the Christmas period has caused more flooding in parts of northern England with homes in Yorkshire and Lancashire evacuated as water levels continue to rise in many parts. Further severe weather is expected with the approach of Storm Frank. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
A picture shows flood boards in place to protect the front doors of two properties amid flooding in a street in Dumfries, southern Scotland, on December 30, 2015 after heavy rainfall brought by Storm Frank. Storm Frank battered Scotland leaving thousands of homes without power and severe floods in its wake. AFP PHOTO / ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP / Andy Buchanan (Photo credit should read ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP/Getty Images)
British soldiers from C Company, 2nd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment, carry sandbags as they make flood defences at the BT Exchange near the River Ouse in the city of York, northern England, on December 29, 2015 in preparation for more heavy rainfall and possible flooding expected to arrive with Storm Frank. Residents in the northern city of York continued to deal with the effects of flooding and make preparations for the arrival of another winter storm that is set to bring more heavy rain. Around 500 properties were flooded in York on December 27, as two rivers, the Ouse and the Foss, burst their banks. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
A combination of pictures created on December 29, 2015 shows (top) floodwaters reaching high up the front door of a property in York, northern England, on December 28, 2015 and the same property on December 29, 2015 (bottom) after the water levels had dropped. Residents in the northern city of York continued to deal with the effects of flooding and make preparations for the arrival of another winter storm that is set to bring more heavy rain. Around 500 properties were flooded in York on December 27, as two rivers, the Ouse and the Foss, burst their banks. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
A combination of pictures created on December 29, 2015 shows (L) a woman being helped into a dinghy by members of the emergency services during flooding in York, northern England, on December 28, 2015 and the same property (R) on December 29, 2015 after the water levels had dropped. Residents in the northern city of York continued to deal with the effects of flooding and make preparations for the arrival of another winter storm that is set to bring more heavy rain. Around 500 properties were flooded in York on December 27, as two rivers, the Ouse and the Foss, burst their banks. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
A combination of pictures created on December 29, 2015 shows (top) members of the emergency services searching for residents in a dinghy next to a submerged car in York, northern England, on December 28, 2015 and the same location and car (bottom) on December 29, 2015 after the water levels had dropped. Residents in the northern city of York continued to deal with the effects of flooding and make preparations for the arrival of another winter storm that is set to bring more heavy rain. Around 500 properties were flooded in York on December 27, as two rivers, the Ouse and the Foss, burst their banks. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
A British soldier removes ruined flooring from a block of newly built flats as they help with the clean up operation following flooding in the city of York, northern England, on December 29, 2015. Residents in the northern city of York, with the help of soldiers, continued to deal with the effects of flooding and make preparations for the arrival of another winter storm that is set to bring more heavy rain. Around 500 properties were flooded in York on December 27, as two rivers, the Ouse and the Foss, burst their banks. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
YORK, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 29: Rescue crews help residents collect their belongings from houses in Skeldergate on December 29, 2015 in York, England. Heavy rain over the Christmas period has caused severe flooding in parts of northern England, with homes and businesses in Yorkshire and Lancashire evacuated as flood waters rose to dangerous levels. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)
A combination of pictures created on December 29, 2015 shows (L) a woman being helped into a dinghy by members of the emergency services during flooding in York, northern England, on December 28, 2015 and the same property (R) on December 29, 2015 after the water levels had dropped. Residents in the northern city of York continued to deal with the effects of flooding and make preparations for the arrival of another winter storm that is set to bring more heavy rain. Around 500 properties were flooded in York on December 27, as two rivers, the Ouse and the Foss, burst their banks. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
YORK, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 28: Rescue teams wade through flood waters that have inundated homes in the Huntington Road area of York after the River Foss burst its banks, on December 28, 2015 in York, United Kingdom. United Kingdom. Severe flooding has affected large parts of northern England, with homes and businesses in Yorkshire and Lancashire evacuated as rivers burst their banks. More heavy rain is forecast as dozens of severe flood warnings remain in place. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
YORK, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 28: Rescue teams wade through flood waters that have inundated homes in the Huntington Road area of York after the River Foss burst its banks, on December 28, 2015 in York, United Kingdom. United Kingdom. Severe flooding has affected large parts of northern England, with homes and businesses in Yorkshire and Lancashire evacuated as rivers burst their banks. More heavy rain is forecast as dozens of severe flood warnings remain in place. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Workers from a taxi firm enter their premises with a teapot and cups of tea, which they have got from a neighbouring wine bar, through the floodwaters from the rivers Foss and Ouse, after they burst their banks in York, northern England, on December 28, 2015. British Prime Minister David Cameron visited the flood-hit historic city of York on Monday as cities, towns and villages across northern England battled to get back on their feet following devastating storms. Around 500 properties were flooded in York, one of Britain's top tourist attractions, on Sunday as two rivers burst their banks. Some residential streets became so inundated that cars were covered up to their roofs. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
A man inspects the office of a taxi firm which has filled with floodwater from the rivers Foss and Ouse, after they burst their banks in York, northern England, on December 28, 2015. British Prime Minister David Cameron visited the flood-hit historic city of York on Monday as cities, towns and villages across northern England battled to get back on their feet following devastating storms. Around 500 properties were flooded in York, one of Britain's top tourist attractions, on Sunday as two rivers burst their banks. Some residential streets became so inundated that cars were covered up to their roofs. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
YORK, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 28: Rescue teams evacuate residents after the rivers Ouse and Foss burst their banks, on December 28, 2015 in York, United Kingdom. United Kingdom. Severe flooding has affected large parts of northern England, with homes and businesses in Yorkshire and Lancashire evacuated as rivers burst their banks. More heavy rain is forecast as dozens of severe flood warnings remain in place. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
CAWOOD, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 28: Two soldiers walk across Cawood Bridge which crosses the River Ouse on December 28, 2015 in Cawood, England. Heavy rain over the Christmas period has caused severe flooding in parts of northern England, with homes and businesses in Yorkshire and Lancashire evacuated as water levels continue to rise in many part. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)
CAWOOD, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 28: A couple walk across Cawood Bridge on December 28, 2015 in Cawood, England. Heavy rain over the Christmas period has caused severe flooding in parts of northern England, with homes and businesses in Yorkshire and Lancashire evacuated as water levels continue to rise in many part. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)
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Thousands are without power across northern Britain, following torrential rains and heavy winds.

In Dumfries, Scotland, James and Carol Coutts watched helplessly as water gushed into their home.

Elsewhere, passersby caught pictures of sea water lashing cars in Penzance, Cornwall...

...as well as an 18th century stone bridge crumbling in Tadcaster, England.

The British government has been heavily criticized over its response effort.

But Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss, speaking in Tadcaster, says the circumstances have been difficult.

"I think the response effort has been good, but what we have faced is really severe rain falling on top of already wet ground which is simply unprecedented in this part of the world."

As residents contend with its third major storm this month, officials have warned that more rain -- and flooding -- could be on the way.


Severe Flooding as Storm Frank Batters Northern UK
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