Floods clear-up but with the threat of more rain

There are further warnings of flooding in the Anglia region as the wet winter continues into February.

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Norfolk warplane films flood devastation

The Tornado reconnaissance aircraft prepares for take off Credit: Ministry of Defence

An RAF reconnaissance aircraft from Norfolk has captured aerial images of the floods in the Thames Valley.

The deployment of the Tornado GR4 from RAF Marham has produced detailed imagery which it is hoped will assist the planning and co-ordination of relief efforts.

Detailed low level photography gives a clear view of the flooding Credit: Ministry of Defence

The aircraft, operated by 31 Squadron, is equipped with the highly versatile Raptor - Reconnaissance Air Pod for Tornado - which enables it to gather sophisticated, high-resolution imagery.

The imagery, now being processed and evaluated by analysts at Marham, will be passed to civilian authorities

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Five flood warnings in place across the region

Flood warnings

The Environment Agency has issued five flood warnings for the east. A flood warning means there could be severe flooding and a danger to life.

The River Great Ouse at Bedford, at Mill Meadows and Castle Mill at Risinghoe.

The River Nene from Cogenhoe to Great Doddington.

The River Nene from Wellingborough to Thrapston.

The River Nene, Cogenhoe Caravan site.

The B1040 Thorney to Whittlesey Road to the South of the River Nene.

For more information click on the link below to go to the Environment Agency website.

http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/34678.aspx?type=Region&term=Anglian&from=fl

Council releases emergency funding for floods in Essex

Emergency funding released for flooding in Essex

Essex County Council is releasing £1 million of emergency funding to help road flooding across the county.

Measures are being put in place urgently along with District, Borough and City Councils, to identify the worst flooding points.

Once identified, the council will take action to clear culverts, empty and jet gullies and remove debris.

Cllr Rodney Bass, Cabinet member for Highways and Transportation, is calling on the emergency services, drainage authorities, landowners, water authorities and the Environment Agency, to play their part in clearing up the flooding hotspots.

"Essex has experienced the longest sustained period of wet weather for many years. I very much welcome the additional emergency support that will go some way to alleviating the roadside flooding we are experiencing. Investing resources sensibly in this way also prevents future flooding."

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