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UK floods: Thames reaches record water levels

Royal Navy engineers from HMS Sultan, Gosport building sandbag walls in Datchet Royal Navy engineers from HMS Sultan, Gosport, were called in to build sandbag walls in Datchet

Several water gauges along the River Thames have measured record levels as flood waters continue to rise.

Fourteen severe flood warnings are in place along a stretch of the river in Berkshire and Surrey, with police warning 2,500 Surrey homes are at risk.

The Environment Agency is also warning of rising water in the Somerset Levels.

Forecasters said Monday would be the driest day of the week, but rivers could continue to rise as previous rainfall works its way downstream.

Several Thames gauges are currently showing their highest water levels since being installed in the 1980s and 90s.

Weather information

Flooding at Burrowbridge on the Somerset Levels

The Environment Agency’s 14 severe warnings – meaning “danger to life” – are for areas in and around Staines, Egham, Chertsey and Datchet.

Water levels there are expected to rise despite the fact that significant rainfall is not expected during the day.

Armed forces personnel were in the heavily populated area on Sunday night building a 2ft-high (60cm) defence to try to divert the river away from homes.

Howard Davidson, from the Environment Agency, said on Sunday: “The Thames is a big river and it responds to rainfall over many weeks – and the catchment is saturated.

“We are seeing the Thames continue to rise and it will continue to do so, certainly over the next few days and we have further rain forecast over Tuesday and Wednesday.”

Two severe flood warnings remain in place in Somerset, and more than 300 less-serious warnings and alerts have been issued, mostly in southern England and the Midlands.

River Thames at Marlow on 9 February 2014 The Environment Agency says it expects levels on the Thames to rise further, affecting towns such as Marlow
Swans with a submerged boat on the flooded banks of the River Thames in Chertsey, Surrey, on 9 February Swans investigate a submerged boat on the flooded banks of the River Thames in Chertsey, Surrey

The Met Office has no rain warnings in place for Monday, but it is warning of ice across much of the UK.

But forecasters say another area of low pressure is expected to reach the UK on Monday night and into Tuesday, bringing more heavy rain.

Peter Sloss, of the BBC Weather Centre, said Monday would be the “driest day of the week” – but he warned there would be 20-40mm (1-2in) of rain for many areas by the end of Thursday.

He said some showers would be wintry, with snow likely on higher ground in Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England.

The long-range forecast suggested there could be longer spells of dry weather in the south of England towards the end of the month, he added.

Train troubles

National Rail said the River Thames had flooded at several locations between Staines and Windsor & Eton Riverside stations early on Monday. Trains in the area are cancelled and replacement buses are “not available”.

The main rail route into Devon and Cornwall via Bridgwater remains cut off by problems caused by flooding and storm damage.

The line from Paddington to Exeter via Newbury is expected to reopen later following a drop in flood water levels at Athelney.

The line from Waterloo to Exeter via Yeovil, closed by a landslip at Crewkerne on Saturday, has reopened.

In other developments on Sunday:

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service rescue dogs and cats in Burrowbridge, Somerset Levels, on 9 February 2014 Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service helped transport pet dogs and cats in the Somerset Levels
Burrowbridge, Somerset, 9 February 2014 A car sits in flood water on a flooded property at Burrowbridge on the Somerset Levels
Water is pumped away from the Kenley Water Treatment works in Croydon on 9 February Water is pumped away from the Kenley Water Treatment works in Croydon in an effort to save homes and businesses from flooding

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