Fears as waters go on rising

Key points

  • Fourteen severe flood warnings have been issued for the River Thames in Berkshire and Surrey
  • Two severe flood warnings remain for the Somerset Levels
  • Communities Secretary Eric Pickles says there is a "high risk" the Thames, Severn and Wye rivers will flood
  • The emergency Cobra committee met for two hours, with the prime minister joining by phone
  • Environment Agency chief Lord Smith has rejected criticism of his organisation, amid reports of a row between senior ministers over flooding

Live text


  • Lauren Turner 
  • Harry Low 
  • Bernadette McCague 
  • Martha Buckley 

Last updated 10 February 2014



Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of the continued flooding across southern parts of the UK. We will keep you up to date with text updates, as well as pictures, audio and video as the situation develops.


Water gauges on parts of the River Thames are measuring their highest levels since being installed in the 1980s and 90s. At Old Windsor Lock at 05:00 GMT, the level was 1.88m. The previous record there was 1.8m, and the "typical" range is 0.1m-0.35m.


Peter Sloss, of the BBC Weather Centre, says Monday will be the "driest day of the week" across the country. But river levels are expected to rise in many areas as previous rainfall works its way downstream.


The Met Office has no rain warnings in place for Monday, but it is warning of ice for much of the UK. New rain warnings for southern England and Wales come into force from the early hours of Tuesday.


As flood waters deepen, so does the political row over what could have been done to prevent it - especially in the Somerset Levels. Writing in the Guardian, Environment Agency chairman Lord Smith says his organisation has become a "political football" for a media story on flooding.


The 14 severe flood warnings on the River Thames are at: Chertsey, Shepperton Green, Littleton Lane to Shepperton Lock, Hamm Court, Laleham, Staines and Egham, Runnymede Pleasure Grounds and Penton Hook, Horton, Wraysbury (2), Old Windsor (2) and Datchet (2).


The two severe warnings in Somerset are at Salt Moor and North Moor including Moorland, and the A361 between East Lyng and Burrowbridge.


National Rail says the River Thames has flooded at several locations between Staines and Windsor and Eton Riverside stations. It says trains in the area are cancelled and replacement buses are "not available".