flooded farmland in Settle© Andrew McCaren/LNP/REX Shutterstock

Further bands of heavy rain are expected across northern England and north Wales, falling on already saturated ground.

Some 15 flood warnings and 11 flood alerts were in place in north-east England by the Environment Agency at 7.37am on Tuesday (17 November).

Rural insurer NFU Mutual put an emergency claims team on stand-by as the first substantial storms of the autumn hit the UK at the weekend.

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A number of rivers broke their banks, leading to flooding of farmland.

Among the worst affected areas in Cumbria were Kendal and Egremont, where reception centres were set up to deal with people caught up by the floods.

Flood water and debris caused closures of major road (A66 Threlkeld) and rail links (Hebden Bridge and Leeds) in West and North Yorkshire.

There was considerable flooding around York after the River Ouse broke its banks.

There were also problems in Wales caused by the heavy rain, which was accompanied by gale-force winds.

Around 600 customers were left without power over the weekend at Newtown and Welshpool, Powys and Pontyberem, Carmarthenshire. Floods affected farmland near Bala.

However, although more than 200mm of rain has fallen in parts of the county in the past week, less rain than forecast fell over the weekend.

NFU Mutual said it was not expecting a large number of claims.

NFU Mutual rural affairs specialist Tim Price said: “Despite very high river levels and flooding of low-lying land adjacent to rivers, we are not expecting a large number of claims as only a small number of properties are thought to have been affected.”

Farmers wanting to find out if their holdings are at risk of flooding should enter their postcode into the Environment Agency’s Floodmap or call Floodline on 0845 988 118.

Businesses should also sign up to the Environment Agency’s Flood Warning Direct service so they can receive information by text, telephone, email or fax.

Farmers should also make a flood plan.

By taking action to prepare in advance for flooding, the Environment Agency says most businesses can save 20-90% on the cost of lock stock and movable equipment.

Earlier this year, NFU Mutual reported storm and flood claims of over £80m, contributing to a 35% fall in profits after tax to £413m in 2014 compared with £635m in 2015.