News: flooding in Northern Britain

Cumbria is the county that has Britain’s famous Lake District, a very beautiful area of lakes and mountains.

Here is the transcript of the video. Some words have been removed. Can you guess what they are? Answers at the bottom of the page.

Authorities in England say they are (1)___________ checking the safety of about eighteen hundred (1800) bridges in the northern part of the country. That area has been hit with some of the worst storms ever recorded in Britain. the surging waters have already claimed one life.

On Friday policeman Bill Barker was standing on a bridge trying to keep people off the rooad.

“Unfortunately when they were on the bridge, the bridge gave way, just due to the volume of water and PC Barker went into the water and was (2)___________.”

Police said Sunday that concerns over the safety of bridges have crippled the regions road network – that’s making it tough for rescue workers who were going house to house in one of the areas hardest hit towns. so far, emergency services say more than two hundred people have been brought to safety with more than a thousand homes flooded.

“I’ve got to get (3)____________, and they’re saying for at least six months I won’t get into my property for at least six months”

In some areas flood waters were up to eight feet (2,4m) deep. Prime Minister Gordon Brown visited a relief centre Saturday. He spoke with people who were forced to (4)____________ their homes.

“All the police, ambulance, fire and hospital services have been involved and we want to do everything we can to help them in what has been one of the (5)__________ and most difficult days in Cumbria that we have seen”

Officials say a record twelve point three (12,3) inches (31cm) of rain fell in twenty-four hours – the (6)________ rainfall ever recorded in the UK.

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Answers. Go back and listen carefully to the way these words are articulated!

1.urgently
2.swept away
3.accommodation
4.evacuate
5.wettest
6.heaviest