Queen feels for flood families

Queen Elizabeth has expressed her sympathy for the residents of flood-hit towns across Britain.

The monarch also praised the efforts of emergency services in tackling the damage caused by torrential rain, which claimed at least six lives across the country.

In a message to the Lord-Lieutenants in areas affected by the flooding, the queen said: “Please convey my sympathy to all those whose homes or livelihoods have been afflicted by the recent flooding and to all the families who have been displaced.

“My thoughts are especially with those affected communities still recovering from the damage of the floods in 2007.

“I have admired the unstinting relief efforts of the emergency services and local authorities, working in difficult conditions.

“Please extend my thanks to everyone assisting in these distressing circumstances, in particular to the many volunteers doing so much to help others.”

Meanwhile the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall are set to see the damage first-hand today (12.09.08).

The royal couple will visit Morpeth in Northumberland, where a month’s rain fell in a single day, causing the local river to burst its banks last weekend, damaging over 1,000 properties and forcing 400 people to be moved to safety.

At its peak, the town’s high street was under 2ft of water.

More than £20,000 has been raised in the first three days of a flood victims appeal, the Morpeth Lions Club said.

A grant of $10,000 (£5,707) was pledged by the Lions Clubs International Foundation’s emergency and disaster fund.