What causes sinkholes?

The recent flooding has caused an unprecedented number of sinkholes to appear in roads and near people's homes. Martin Stew investigates.

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High levels of bacteria found in Berkshire flood water

Tests carried out by scientists in the Thames Valley have revealed high levels of bacteria in the flood waters that have blighted communities for more than seven weeks.

Experts at Reading University have been testing the rising waters from the Thames and the Kennet which have turned roads into rivers and damaged hundreds of homes and businesses.

As, Mel Bloor reports, the concern is now for the health of those caught up in the floods.

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South East exceeds record winter rainfall

by Martin Stew: ITV Weather Presenter

Central, southern and southeast England has already exceeded its record winter (Dec-Feb) rainfall in the series back to 1910. Rainfall is currently 459.3mm, 22mm above the previous record of 437.1mm set in 1915 with two weeks to the end of the season.

The Thames Flood Barrier in east London Credit: Press Association

Water levels begin to fall in Surrey's flooded streets

by Simon Harris: ITV News Correspondent

The floodwaters are slowly beginning to fall. These pictures taken in Egham in Surrey show how much the levels have gone down over the past five days.

Thursday, 13th February: South Avenue, Egham

. Credit: ITV News/Simon Harris

Tuesday, 18th February: South Avenue, Egham

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Tuesday, 13th February: South Avenue, Egham

. Credit: ITV News/Simon Harris

Tuesday, 18th February: South Avenue, Egham

. Credit: ITV News/Simon Harris

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Goldfish found swimming in the street rescued in a teapot

by Simon Harris: ITV News Correspondent

This is Dave Pope with one of three goldfish he found swimming in the street in Egham, Surrey.

. Credit: ITV News/Simon Harris

The fish were rescued using a teapot which was also also found floating in the floodwater.

. Credit: ITV News/Simon Harris
. Credit: ITV News/Simon Harris

Read more: Snail uses empty bag of sweets as a raft to escape the rising floodwater

Talks to be held on Thames flooding

Flooded homes at Egham Credit: REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

Government Ministers will meet with insurance industry bosses in London today to discuss how to support people affected by the floods. Talks will focus on ways to repair and restore damaged property and equipment when the flood water recedes.

Ministers have requested an operational briefing from the industry on how it's helping people get back on their feet as quickly as possible.

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