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WHAT A SHOWER UK weather – Britain set for Christmas washout as floods bring more chaos after Eden Project evacuated by landslide

WHAT A SHOWER UK weather – Britain set for Christmas washout as floods bring more chaos after Eden Project evacuated by landslide

 BRITS are being warned to brace for a wet Christmas as the tail-end of a US storm hits the UK, causing several landslides at The Eden Project in Cornwall.

A spokesperson confirmed the closure of the site after "significant flooding" and landslides overnight at the popular ecological attraction.

There were several landslides at The Eden Project forcing its closure
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There were several landslides at The Eden Project forcing its closureCredit: BPM Media
The stark weather warnings put a further dampener on festivities
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The stark weather warnings put a further dampener on festivities

High volumes of rainwater are reported to have caused the landslips at the former quarry that is now closed as a safety precaution.

The Met Office explained that the rear of the Nor'easter storm from across the Atlantic will cause temperatures to plummet and bring heavy rain across the South.

Flood warnings have been issued in 15 places across the South West and The Midlands - and even as far as North Yorkshire.

Customers were turned away from The Eden Project on Sunday morning as bosses assessed the damage and confirmed that nobody had been injured in the landslides.

Firefighters and the Environment Agency were called to the scene to divert the flood water away from the site.

One visitor who was evacuated during the landslides told Pirate Radio: "We were sat waiting to see Father Christmas when we were sadly asked to leave.

"It's no ones fault and the damage was pretty sever, Eden staff were very apologetic and professional."

It follows a major rescue operation at a caravan park also in Cornwall, as freezing flood water swamped the residential campsite during the night.

The Eden Project is a popular ecological attraction in Cornwall
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The Eden Project is a popular ecological attraction in CornwallCredit: Alamy
Crews attending the caravan site in Cornwall as flood water swamped the site
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Crews attending the caravan site in Cornwall as flood water swamped the siteCredit: BPM Media

Fire crews helped 18 people escape their caravans and had to call in "water rescue units" from Devon, after 35mm of rain fell in just 24 hours.

Devon and Cornwall Police and Dartmoor and Cornwall Search and Rescue also attended the scene.

'At about 06:30 we were called to a property at the end of Lostwithiel which was flooding,' said firefighter Steve Strauss.

The news of a washout Christmas is the latest dampener on festivities after Boris Johnson plunged London and the South East into Tier 4.

Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: “Remnants of the USA's Nor'easter storm is heading our way.

“Then it trends colder in the run-up to the big day - and the chill may linger over the festive period.”

The stark weather warnings raised fears regarding further landslides after 600 tons of rock fell from a 100ft cliff on Dorset's Jurassic Coast.

They fell just 100 yards away from songwriter Billy Bragg's £2.4million home and 300ft from a cafe.

The rest of the week sees downpours and strong winds across England, Scotland and Wales as temperatures further North become "increasingly wintry".

Thursday will see wide-spread frost as it gets even drier and colder across the UK.It means a White Christmas is looking unlikely - as bookmakers Ladbrokes cut the odds to 1/2 for snow anywhere in the UK on December 25.

A Met Office forecaster said: “Cold conditions will arrive and be the dominant pattern for the rest of the year.

“The North and East of the UK have the greatest chance of showers, falling as snow in places and especially on higher ground. Frost will increase.”

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