Flooding continues to cause problems across the south

More flooding is expected this week as up to 40mm fell last night.

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Some flood warnings along the Thames are lifted

The flood warning for the River Thames between Newbridge and Kings Lock above Oxford is no longer is force, according to the Environment Agency.

Other places along the River Thames where flood warnings are no longer in force include:

  • Pangbourne and Whitchurch
  • Hurley and Harleyford
  • Playhatch, Sonning and Sonning Eye area
  • Dorchester
  • Abingdon
  • Wolvercote in Oxford
  • Binsey, Osney and Osney Island areas in Oxford

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Heavy overnight rain prolonging risk of more flooding

As heavy rain fell overnight, the risk of more flooding across the region has increased.

The Met Office estimated up to 40mm of rain fell last night, with 37 flood warnings in place along the Rivers Thames and Kennet.

Disruption on roads is still ongoing for people and Dorset and Oxfordshire.

Some routes which have been underwater for days, like Botley Road in Oxford, have now reopened as clean up operations continued this weekend.

Dog rescued from mud at Langstone Harbour

A Rottweiler dog has been rescued from mud at Langstone Harbour by the Hayling Island and Portsmouth Coastguard Rescue Teams. The eight-year-old dog, Buddy, had become stuck up to his chest in mud whilst enjoying an afternoon stroll with his owner.

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Buddy was rescued after becoming stuck in mud Credit: Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Steve Duff, Portsmouth Coastguard Sector Manager says:

"If you’re out walking with your dog near cliffs or areas that you suspect might be dangerous, it’s advisable to keep your dog on a lead.

"However, if your pet takes an unexpected deviation and gets into difficulty at the coast, please do not attempt to rescue it yourself but call 999 immediately and ask for the Coastguard. We have specialised equipment to ensure that your dog can be rescued safely without endangering you.”

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Environment Agency warns of more flooding

River levels will remain high for the next few days and we expect to see further property flooding. We’re paying close attention to the River Thames, particularly Windsor, Datchet, Wraysbury, Egham and Staines. We are expecting more properties will flood over the coming hours, but there is still time for people to take appropriate action. We have had warnings and alerts in place for several days, which stress that flooding is imminent, and now is the time for people to act.

– Ian Tomes, Flood and Costal risk Manager

Environment Agency teams continue to work around the clock maintaining flood defences, clearing watercourses and deploying pumps and temporary defences to protect communities at risk, but we want to stress to residents that they need to act.

– Ian Tomes, Flood and Costal risk Manager

Warnings as more rain forecast to bring more flooding

Environment Agency map of existing flood warnings and alerts Credit: Environment Agency

Further heavy rain is expected to bring more misery to areas that have already seen widespread flooding. There are 49 flood warnings in place in the South this afternoon. River levels have been rising steadily in counties including Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset following days of downpours.

Rivers including the Hampshire Avon through Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset and the Stour in Dorset showed little signs of receding. Communities along the River Thames throughout Surrey, Berkshire and Oxfordshire have also been warned that they are at risk of flooding.

Man rescued from car in flooded road in Oxfordshire

A man has been rescued from a car trapped on a flooded road in Oxfordshire. Fire crews were called to Great Brook, Chimney at 9:20pm last night.

Fire Engines from Bampton, Witney, Abingdon and the specialist rescue team from Kidlington attended, to find the car in several feet of water.

Firefighters, wearing dry suits and buoyancy aids negotiated deep floodwater by foot, locating the car and occupant over 100 meters into the flooded road. Crews used an inflatable rescue sled to access the car and take the driver to safety.

People should avoid the obvious risks of driving through flood water. 15cms/6 inches of water is enough to cause the loss of control of a vehicle or the possibility of stalling as water enters the exhaust or air intakes. If you cannot gauge the depth of the water do not risk trying to drive through as the consequences can be both dangerous and costly. If in any doubt, turn around and find another way.

– Station Manager Mike Adcock, Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue

The car driver was assessed and treated for shock by the ambulance service.

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