In Pictures: Flood-hit areas prepare defences for further heavy rain

Hundreds of properties have been flooded and at-risk areas evacuated across England and Wales after the downpours brought to the UK by Storm Dennis.

Further rain has been forecast as river levels continue to threaten to breach barriers.

Temporary flood barriers hold back the river Severn in Ironbridge
Temporary flood barriers hold back the River Severn in Ironbridge, Shropshire (Jacob King/PA)
Caravans surrounded by floodwater
The Riverside Caravan Park is submerged by water in in Bridgnorth, Shropshire (Jacon King/PA)
Gloucester Road in Tewkesbury closed due to flooding
The scene in Gloucester Road in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire (Ben Birchall/PA)
A woman and child enter a flood-hit cottage
A woman and child enter a cottage in Gloucester Road (Ben Birchall/PA)
Steam train passes river
A steam train on the Severn Valley Railway passes the town of Bewdley in the aftermath of Storm Dennis (Jacob King/PA)
People checking water levels in their back gardens
People checking the water levels in their back gardens (Ben Birchall/PA)
Man helps postman deliver through floods
A man helps a postman deliver letters to residents in Tewkesbury (Ben Birchall/PA)
People riding their bikes through floodwater in Tewkesbury
People riding their bikes through floodwater in Tewkesbury (Ben Birchall/PA)
Houses surrounded by floodwater in Ironbridge
Houses surrounded by floodwater in Ironbridge (Jacob King/PA)
Residents position sandbags in Tewkesbury
Residents position sandbags in Tewkesbury (Ben Birchall/PA)
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