THAMES IN FLOOD
Severe flood warnings downgraded
Monday Feb 17th



Severe flood warnings were downgraded along the Thames on Monday.

But because the ground is so saturated and more water has to drain into the river there were warnings that levels will quickly be affected by any further rain. Sixteen severe flood warnings - meaning danger to life and property - remained in place along the Thames early on Monday but were changed to warnings during the day.

The Environment Agency said it would be many weeks before the river returned to normal levels.

The agency's Waterway Operations Manager Andrew Graham said: "There is so much water to drain away it will be a long haul. We expect the river to stay high for several weeks."

Agency staff continued to monitor the strength of river's flow including using a specially equipped remote control model boat (below).


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A statement from Thames Valley Police on Sunday evening said it was not anticipated that any properties not yet affected will be flooded this week.

The statement said: " Although we have seen more stable weather today, flood levels are anticipated to rise again due to the rain water already in the systems and further rain anticipated in the week ahead.
 
"People are urged to stay prepared to the threat of flooding and ready to respond to the information being made available to them by all the agencies involved in the flood relief efforts.
 
"Sandbag defences and temporary flood defences put in place over the past week will remain as they are and people are urged not to tamper or remove these. We anticipate flood levels to reach their highest around Monday evening and into Tuesday morning, though these will not be higher than those already experienced.
 
"These increased levels will remain for a few days but we do not expect any properties that haven’t already flooded to be impacted. However, those that have flooded may be flooded again.

"Flooded areas represent a risk to personal safety and as we move into half term week we are advising people to stay away from those areas affected."

Below: Flooded Thames at Datchet on Feb 9th and Sunday Feb 16th
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