Flood warnings across region

Ten flood warnings and more than 40 flood alerts are in place across our region. In Oxford, some cars are under water.

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Reading Flood Warning - council statement

The flooded Port Meadow near Wolvercote, Oxfordshire where the River Thames has already burst it banks. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The Environment Agency has issued a Flood Warning for the River Thames at Reading.

Water levels on the river are rising slowly and will probably continue to do so for the next few days.

It is possible that properties close to the river could flood and householders and businesses that are liable to flooding should consider taking action to protect their properties.

The council has a detailed emergency plan and this is being put into action.

We are monitoring water levels and will make sandbags available at places assessed as most at risk this afternoon. We will prioritise help for people considered to be most vulnerable, and council officers will be calling on people in this group to provide reassurance and assistance as required.

Householders may wish to make their own flood-protection arrangements and sandbags may be available to purchase at building suppliers.

The council will continue to monitor the situation and may make further announcements as required. Information will be provided on the council website and on our Facebook and Twitter feeds.

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AA warning as drivers ignore flood risks

The flooded Port Meadow near Wolvercote, Oxfordshire where the River Thames burst it banks. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The AA says it has rescued hundreds of drivers from flood water but, despite the well publicised dangers, many are continuing to put themselves at risk by driving along flooded roads.

Darron Burness, head of special operations, said: “Unfortunately a minority of drivers continue to have a misplaced confidence in the capability of both their vehicle and their own driving ability.

"Drivers of 4x4 vehicles are not immune from the risks either as the air intake is normally in the same relative position as on any other car, just behind the bumper, so if you enter water that’s too deep or too fast, you still risk swamping it and destroying the engine or being swept away.

“Regardless of the vehicle you’re driving and the road conditions, you need the skill and experience to handle it safely, so treat the conditions with respect and stay out of flood water.

“Our flood rescue team use 4x4s but our Land Rovers are specially adapted for the job – including snorkelled air intake and vented axles – and are double-crewed with certified water rescue technicians professionally trained in water rescue and 4x4 driving.”

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Flood warning: River Cole

A Flood Warning is in force for the River Cole from A419 and A420 roads in Swindon to above Upper Inglesham.

Flooding is expected from the A419 and A420 roads in Swindon to above Upper Inglesham, including the Westmill Bridge and Watchfield Common Wood areas, the Environment Agency says.

Call its Floodline on 0845 9881188 for more information.

Flood warning: River Thames

A Flood Warning is in force for the River Thames for Shiplake, Lower Shiplake and Wargrave.

Flooding is expected ffrom Shiplake to Bolney Court near Henley, including Lower Shiplake, and Wargrave, the Environment Agency says.

Call its Floodline on 0845 9881188 for more information.

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