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Environment Agency Flood Warnng symbol

Environment Agency Flood Warnng symbol

Flood Watch: information for Berkshire

Berkshire could be in danger of flooding again in January 2008 with the county's rivers on the Environment Agency's list of floodwatch alerts. Get all the information on Berkshire you need here.


 Call Floodline on 0845 9881188 for the latest flooding information.

Keep up to date with the Environment Agency's Flood Watch here:

Friday 18 January, 8am:

The River Thames WILL rise in Berkshire over the weekend - that's the latest we have from the Environment Agency who still are warning people in flood risk places to be prepared. 

The Thames is on flood warning in Henley, Wargrave and Shiplake. 

Rob Alexander from the Environment Agency has been speaking to BBC Radio Berkshire's Andrew Peach:

Sandbags in Purley on Thursday

Sandbags in Purley on Thursday

"Within about two days or so we'll see the highest river level on The River Thames. At the moment our best estimates are probably no more than about three inches."

Elsewhere in the county the Lodden, the Pang, the Kennet and the rest of the Thames are on flood watch.

Melanie Hazel lives by the river in Purley-on-Thames. She has her sand bags ready:

"It's pretty scary although having been through it in July, we know roughly what to expect. We know that in July we were completely surrounded, it was only the sandbags that were holding the water back."

Thursday 17 January, 11am:

The River Thames between Shiplake and Hurley Lock has been upgraded to flood warning. 

For several days it's been on flood watch but the Environment Agency says the level of risk has increased. 

It comes ahead of more rainfall forecast in the next 24 to 48 hours. 

Properties in Shiplake, Wargrave and Henley could be affected. 

The rest of the Thames in Berkshire, as well as the Kennett, the Pang and the Lodden, remain on flood watch this lunchtime.

Wednesday 16 January, 7pm:

Purley-on-Thames is on Flood Warning.

West Berkshire Council received the warning from the Environment Agency that 20 properties in Purley-on-Thames are at risk of flooding this evening, between 10pm and 2am.

The properties are in River Gardens, Chestnut Grove and Winteringham Way, which are situated on the River Thames.

Keith Ulyatt from West Berkshire council says: "We've got wardens out there knocking on people's doors to let them know and there are sandbags available."

He added that these properties get flooded fairly regularly and that it was more of a "here we go again" than a "panic".

Tuesday 15 January 7.30am:

Several of Berkshire's rivers remain on Flood Watch - that means flooding could happen in low-lying areas.

Rivers affected are The Thames at Pangbourne, Hurley, Maidenhead, Wargrave, Shiplake and Henley. The Rivers Pang, Kennet and Loddon are also affected.

In response to recent rainfall and increasing river flows on the River Thames the Environment Agency has operated the Maidenhead, Windsor and Eton Flood Alleviation scheme, which includes the Jubilee River.

Flood risk manager, Barry Russell said: "The rainfall over the past few days has resulted in very high levels in the River Thames.

"In order to protect the Windsor, Eton and Maidenhead area from flooding from the Thames we have put the Maidenhead, Windsor and Eton Flood Alleviation scheme into operation. We expect to continue operating the scheme over the next few days."

The scheme was also used during the recent July 2007 flood to protect the area from flooding.

last updated: 18/01/2008 at 09:57
created: 15/01/2008

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