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Beach huts and cars wrecked by winter weather

Beach huts have been flattened and cars submerged but homes have escaped the flooding that was feared. Sarah Saunders looks at the effect of the winter weather.

Wave pictures courtesy of Dan Ainslie, beach hut pictures courtesy of Hazel Sutcliffe.


Flood alert system under-used

Oxford and Berkshire in 2012 Credit: PA

The Environment Agency calls it a matter of life or death.

Tens of thousands of homeowners in the South East who could be at risk of coastal and river flooding have not signed up to get free flood alerts.

In Kent almost a third of people living in flood risk areas have not signed up for free flood warnings. That's almost 18,000 homes.

In East Sussex 2,500 properties have not signed up, and almost 10,000 have not signed up in Essex.

More Flood Alerts issued for the south

There are now 29 Flood Alerts in place for the Meridian region with a further three issued by the Environment Agency this morning following more heavy rain overnight.

A Flood Alert is issued when flooding is possible and local residents should be prepared.

The new Flood Alerts are for the following areas:

The River Thames and Tributaries from Buscot Wick down to Kings Lock.

The River Thames and tributaries in the Oxford Area, including areas between Wolvercote down to and including Radley and Jericho.

The River Ock from Watchfield to Abingdon, and also the Letcombe Brook at Wantage, Grove and East Hanney.

For details on all the Flood Warnings and Flood Alerts in place go to:

Flood Alert - River Lambourn in Berkshire

There are more than 21 Flood Alerts in place across the Meridian region today.

The Environment Agency issue Flood Alerts when homes are at risk of flooding and residents should be prepared.

This was the River Lambourn at Donnington near Newbury today. New Flood Alerts have also been issued for the River Evenlode at Woodstock in Oxfordshire and along the Lower River Loddon in Berkshire.


Flood Alert for Lower River Loddon in Berkshire

A new Flood Alert has been issued by the Environment Agency for the Lower River Loddon taking the total number of Flood Alerts in our region to 21.

The Environment Agency are warning residents that flooding is possible for the Lower River Loddon including Swallowfield, Arborfield, Shinfield, Barkham, Lower Earley, Sindlesham, Winnersh, Woodley, Hurst and Waltham-St-Lawrence.

The South on Flood Alert

Flood alerts in place across the region Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

There are 20 Flood Alerts in place across the Meridian region this weekend following heavy rain on Friday night and Saturday.

A Flood Alert is issued when the Environment Agency thinks flooding in a town or village is possible and local residents should be prepared.

A Flood Alert was issued on Saturday morning for the River Evenlode from Moreton in Marsh to Cassington and also the River Glyme at Wootton and Woodstock.

River Lambourn from Upper Lambourn down to Newbury.

Groundwater flooding in Twyford and Hensting.

Groundwater flooding in Hursley.

Groundwater flooding in Pitton, West Tytherley, Nether Wallop and Broughton.

Groundwater flooding in the Nailbourne Catchment. Areas at risk include Nailbourne, Lyminge, Elham, Barham, Bridge, Bekesbourne, Littlebourne and Wickhambreaux.

Groundwater flooding in the Alton area. Communities at risk include Alton, Chawton and Lower Farringdon.

Groundwater flooding in Deane and Ashe in North Hampshire.

Groundwater flooding in West Ilsley, East Ilsley, Compton, Chilton and West Hagbourne.

Ground water flooding in Vernham Deane, Upton and the Bourne Valley.

Groundwater flooding in the Upper Aldbourne Valley.

Groundwater flooding in villages to the north east of Andover.

River Pang from East Ilsley to Pangbourne and Sulham Brook.

Groundwater flooding in Finchdean, Dean Lane End and Rowlands Castle.

Groundwater flooding inthe Lambourne Valley catchment.

Groundwater flooding in Bishops Sutton near Alresford in Hampshire.

Ground water flooding in Kings Somborne and Little Somborne in Hampshire.

A full list of Flood Alerts can be found at:

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