The winter of 2013-2014 was the wettest on record in the south and west of Britain, as a series of fierce depresssions swept across the Atlantic on a more southerly track than usual. Our photographers braved the conditions to document the exceptionally wet and stormy weather that battered Britain and the Atlantic coast of France between December 2013 and February 2014.
This gallery shows some of our in-depth coverage of the flooding in the Somerset Levels and the Severn and Thames valleys, revealing the impact of floods on both people and the environment, including the rescue efforts, pumping and flood defences. David Woodfall's dramatic aerial images show the extent of the flooding in the Somerset Levels, where more than 40 square miles of land were submerged, and the flooded towns of the Severn Valley.
Benoit Stichelbaut photographed storms Petra and Ruth hitting the coast of Brittany, while Mark Taylor's images show high seas on the Sussex coast and our East Anglian photographers experienced the impact of the storm surge in North Norfolk.
Benoit Stichelbaut / Rough seas at Nividic lighthouse during Storm 'Ruth', Ile d'Ouessant, Armorique Regional Park, Iles du Ponant, Finistere, Brittany, France, Iroise Sea. 8th February 2014.France, Bretagne, Finistere, M...
Mark Taylor / Foaming crashing wave at Birling Gap, Sussex, England, UK, 15th February 2014.
Mark Taylor / Waves breaking over lighthouse at Newhaven Harbour wall viewed from Seaford, Sussex, England, UK, 15th February 2014.
Mark Taylor / Waves breaking against sea wall and cliffs, Seaford, Sussex, England, UK, 15th February 2014.
David Woodfall / High powered water pumps, pumping water from January 2014 Somerset Levels flooding, England, UK, 11th January 2014.
John Waters / River Parrett in foreground with massive jets of water from emergency pumps taking water off surrounding flooded fields. Near the village of Burrowbridge, Somerset, UK. January 2014.
David Woodfall / Aerial view of River Parrett with clearly defined banks / levees , during January 2014 flooding, Somerset Levels, England, UK, 9th January 2014.
David Woodfall / Part of Muchelney village with church and abbey, cut off by January 2014 flooding in Somerset Levels, England, UK, 9th January 2014.
David Woodfall / Garden table and chairs with bird feeders in flooded garden from February 2014 River Severn flood , Upton upon Severn, Worcestershire, England, UK
David Woodfall / Home flooded during January 2014 flooding, Somerset Levels, England, UK, 9th January 2014.
David Woodfall / Tewkesbury Abbey surrounded with flooded town and meadows following February 2014 Severn Valley floods, Gloucestershire, England, UK, 7th February 2014.
David Woodfall / Farm surrounded by extensive January 2014 floods in Somerset Levels, near Langport, England, UK, 9th January 2014.