In pictures: Residents evacuated as River Thames floods

Towns and villages along a stretch of the River Thames between Windsor and Walton-on-Thames have been deluged after heavy rainfall.

The Environment Agency issued a total of 14 severe flood warnings - signifying danger to life - for the relatively small patch of Surrey and Berkshire and advised people to evacuate.

Helicopter footage following the course of the River Thames shows the extent of the flooding on Monday:

The evacuations started in the village of Wraysbury in east Berkshire where teams of volunteers used whatever floating craft they could find to ferry local residents to safety.

Among the evacuees was Sue O'Brien carrying her three bearded collie puppies to dry ground. She told ITV News the family had grown tired of living on the first floor of their flooded home:

By Tuesday morning, many streets in Wraysbury were underwater leaving just the roofs of cars visible above the deluge.

A flooded car in Wraysbury, Berksjire
A flooded car in Wraysbury, Berksjire Credit: ITV News/Lewis Vaughan Jones

Officials from the Environment Agency and local emergency services have also helping to move people from their flooded homes.

Members of the Royal Berkshire Fire Service rescue residents whose houses have been flooded in Staines-upon-Thames
Members of the Royal Berkshire Fire Service rescue residents whose houses have been flooded in Staines-upon-Thames Credit: Will Oliver/PA Wire
Volunteers help residents brave the flood water in Purley on Thames
Volunteers help residents brave the flood water in Purley on Thames Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

The evacuations continued into the night with some vulnerable residents having to be carried from their homes.

Wheelchair-bound elderly woman evacuated from Wraysbury
Wheelchair-bound elderly woman evacuated from Wraysbury Credit: ITV News

A local tour boat operator, Windsor Duck Tours, lent a hand by using one of its amphibious vehicles to ferry bus loads of residents to safety.

An amphibious vehicle operated by Windsor Duck Tours comes to the resue
An amphibious vehicle operated by Windsor Duck Tours comes to the resue Credit: Twitter/@WindsorDuckTour
Flooded mansions near Cookham in Berkshire
Flooded mansions near Cookham in Berkshire
Swans with a submerged boat on the flooded banks of the River Thames in Chertsey, Surrey
Swans with a submerged boat on the flooded banks of the River Thames in Chertsey, Surrey Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Residents walks through the village centre following flooding in Datchet, Berkshire
Residents walks through the village centre following flooding in Datchet, Berkshire Credit: Will Oliver/PA Wire
Windsor Road Egham
Windsor Road Egham Credit: Twitter/@SurreyRoadCops
A child plays in the water in the centre of Datchet, Berkshire
A child plays in the water in the centre of Datchet, Berkshire Credit: Will Oliver/PA Wire