Severe flooding as Storm Frank batters northern UK

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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... 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
Severe Flooding as Storm Frank Batters Northern UK

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