Thousands more home-owners were warned they may have to evacuate as the flood crisis spread to the Thames last night. The Environment Agency issued severe warnings – meaning water levels pose a ‘significant threat to life’ – to 14 areas along the river, with the deluge expected to be worse than the devastating floods of 2003. The agency urged people in at-risk areas to ‘stay in a safe place with a means of escape’ and to be ready to evacuate. Read more >>
If there is an evacuation, people move out of a place because of danger, and leave the place empty. • The emergency evacuation of thousands of people after the earthquake is under way.