Worst winter rainfall since 1766 in parts of Britain
LONDON (AFP) - Britain announced emergency funding Thursday to cope with devastating floods after what officials said had been likely the worst spell of winter rainfall in at least 248 years.
Prime Minister David Cameron's government has faced criticism for its handling of a crisis that has left swathes of the country under water, with a key railway line washed away.
Several people had to be rescued from deluged homes on Thursday while more storms are expected this weekend.
Across the English Channel, France's western tip was placed on alert for flooding as high tides wreaked havoc along Europe's Atlantic coast.