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Families don't know when they can move back home

Rubbish outside homes where flooding hit two months ago Credit: ITV Meridian

They were forced to leave their homes when flood water came pouring through their doors - but two months on, several families in Oxford, say they still don't know when they'll be able to return. Many residents of Normandy Crescent in Cowley lost everything when a mains pipe burst sending water cascading through their houses. Some are still living in temporary accommodation and are unsure if they'll be back home in time forChristmas. Kate Bunkall reports.

Environment agency issues flood alert for River Blackwater

A Flood Alert has been issued by the Environment Agency for the River Blackwater and The Cove Brook. Flooding is possible for the River Blackwater including Badshot Lea, Aldershot, Farnborough, Camberley, Sandhurst, Eversley, Bramshill and Swallowfield, and the Cove Brook at Farnborough and Cove Flooding is possible this afternoon. Low lying land and roads will be affected first.

The River and Flooding forecast is as follows: levels on the River Blackwater at Swallowfield have been rising steadily throughout the morning in response to recent rainfall. Levels are expected to continue to rise in Swallowfield area slowly throughout today and flooding of isolated areas of low lying land and roads is possible. However, property flooding is not expected.The weather prospects are for isolated and scattered showers, some heavy at times throughout the day and into this evening.

- Be prepared to protect yourself, family, pets and property.

- Call Floodline on 0845 988 1188 for up-to-date flooding information.

- Keep an eye on local water levels and weather conditions. Visit the Environment Agency website for river level and flooding information.

- Tune into weather, news and travel bulletins on local television (ITV News Meridian).

- Avoid walking, cycling or driving through flood water.

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Promise of flood solution in Kent

An independent check is to be made on how the Environment Agency operated a flood barrier in Kent last winter. Residents of Yalding, near Maidstone, which was badly flooded over Christmas, were told about the plan at a meeting last night.

The EA is also promising more precise flood warning zones. But as David Johns reports, many local people were far from impressed with what they heard.

He spoke to Mark Douch from the Environment Agency, local residents John Higgins and Regina Foxley; and Parish Council chairman Geraldine Brown.

Anchors away for pupils who learnt to sail superyacht

Pupils from the Isle of Wight had the chance to sail their way around the world using a ship simulator thanks to Red Funnel.

A group of year 8 pupils from Sandown Bay Academy visited Warsash Maritime Academy last week to try their hands at sailing a container ship and superyacht using the Academy’s simulator.

The team of schoolchildren were chosen after they were awarded the Most Innovative Project prize in a regional competition called My School is an Island.

Pupils from Sandown Bay Academy simulate steering a ship into Sydney Harbour.

Their winning project, which focused on using renewable energy and low-carbon transportation, was assisted by of chief officers Matthew Parker and Jodi Le Breton.

It was a privilege to work with such an enthusiastic team of young people and I enjoyed sharing with them what makes working at sea such an interesting and varied career.

I’m delighted that several of the pupils are interested in pursuing a career in the Merchant Navy, and spending the day at Warsash Maritime Academy provided them with a valuable insight into the range of opportunities available to them.

– Matthew Parker

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Flood alert issued for Emm Brook in Wokingham area

Levels have been rising steadily Credit: PA

A Flood Alert has been issued by the Environment Agency for the Emm Brook.

Flooding is possible for the Emm Brook including Wokingham Flooding is expected for the Emm Brook this afternoon . Low lying land and roads will be affected first.

The River and Flooding forecast is as follows: Levels on the Emm Brook have been rising steadily throughout the morning in response to recent rainfall. Levels are expected to continue to rise today and flooding of low lying land and roads is expected this afternoon, especially in the Wokingham area. However, property flooding is not currently expected. The weather prospects are for the rain to continue into this afternoon. This will be persistent and may be heavy at times. This evening the rain will clear to leave a dry night. Monday will be dry.

- Call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 for up-to-date flooding information.

A mile of rubbish blights countryside

Cory's Wharf has become a dumping ground Credit: Your Thurrock
The rubbish has accumulated over several months Credit: Your Thurrock

It's a sea of rubbish as far as you can see.

For months, land at Cory's Wharf in Purfleet, Thurrock, has been used to dump sofas, mattresses, building materials and household waste.

It's dumping on an industrial scale.

Video filmed by YourThurrock.com shows the full extent of the blight on the landscape.

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"Thurrock Council is aware of the situation on land it owns in Purfleet and is working with partners in the police and the Environment Agency to tackle this issue, bring the perpetrators to book and recoup the clean-up costs – estimated to be in the thousands.

"The council will be investigating the site for toxic or otherwise dangerous material before any final decision on its removal is taken.

– Spokesperson for Thurrock Council

Govt must act to meet south east air pollution target

The European Court of Justice has ruled that the British government must act to meet air pollution targets for the South East.

The region is one of 16 places in the country that's expected to exceed the limits set for nitrogen dioxide in the air.

The target, which was meant to have been reached in 2010, is not expected to be met until at least 2020.

Alan Andrews, ClientEarth lawyer, said:

Thousands of people die because of air pollution every year. This ruling will save lives by forcing the government to finally take this issue seriously.

They will now have to come up with an urgent plan to rid our towns and cities of cancer-causing diesel fumes.

– Alan Andrews

Timelapse video offers guided tour around UK airspace

The skies above the UK have been brought to life like never before in a timelapse video capturing a day of air traffic in less than three minutes.

Created from actual radar data showing over 7,000 flights, the video graphically illustrates the daily task facing air traffic controllers and the airspace features that help make it all work.

Created by air traffic management company, NATS, the video takes viewers on a unique tour of some of the key features of UK airspace – from the four holding stacks over London and the military training zones above Wales, to the helicopters delivering people and vital supplies to the North Sea oil and gas rigs.

It finishes with an overview of the structure of UK airspace, highlighting the major air routes and showing how this ‘invisible infrastructure’ helps underpin the entire operation.

Matt Mills, NATS Head of Digital Communications, said:

We’ve made data visualisations in the past, but we wanted to now take people on a deeper journey into what makes UK airspace work and some of its important features.

Airspace might be the invisible infrastructure, but it is every bit as important as the airports and runways on the ground.

– Matt Mills
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