TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club(YJC)-Streets have been evacuated by lifeboat in some of the worst-hit areas and people moved to emergency rescue centers after their properties and businesses were devastated by water from overflowing rivers.
With more than 300 flood warning still in place across the UK, including seven severe warnings in England, there is little sign of the situation abating.
In York, thousands of sandbags have been put into place to protect vulnerable properties as the river Ouse continues to rise. However, a minister has said that the government would not be able to protect all homes from flooding.
George Eustice, the recently appointed Environment Secretary, during a visit to York to assess the situation, denied the government had been caught off guard by the floods; only a week after the UK had faced Ciara, another major storm.
Speaking to Sky News, Eustace said, "We've done a huge amount. We can't do anything about these extreme weather events but the steps we've taken have meant the impact of those weather events have affected fewer properties."
Eustice said the "nature of climate change" was responsible for the extent of the damage, adding, "These weather events are becoming more extreme, but we've done everything that we can do with a significant sum of money, and there's more to come."
Flood warnings and alerts were issued in unprecedented numbers for England on Sunday, according to John Curtin, the Environment Agency's head of floods and coastal management - reaching a combined total of 624 by Sunday night.