THAMES IN FLOOD
Severe flood warnings downgraded
Tuesday Feb 18th
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Severe flood warnings have been downgraded along the Thames. But 45 lower flood warnings were still in place early on Tuesday.

And 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 - had 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."

The agency said it would take around 17 years for a planned £250 million Lower Thames Flood Relief Scheme to be built - and that depended on local authorities and the private sector helping with £100 million funding.

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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Police are investigating a burglary in Eton, in which two laptops and a computer monitor were stolen. The property was unoccupied at the time because of the floods.

Police warned about bogus officials claiming to be from the Environment Agency. It follows two incidents in Maidenhead and Wraysbury where residents were ordered to leave their homes because flood defences were about to be breached.

In both cases the men were challenged for their identity and left.

Supt Kate Ford of Thames Valley Police said: "“It is really important that residents check for ID at all times and if in doubt, call the relevant agency to confirm details as was the case in this instance thankfully.”

Police in the flood-hit areas of Berkshire say there have been no reports of burglaries but are investigating some thefts from vehicles.

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