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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.
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.
A flood alert has been issued by the Environment Agency, warning people of possible flooding for the Lower River Loddon at the River Thames confluence including Twyford, Charvil and Wargrave.
Levels are expected to continue to rise today and flooding of low lying land and roads is expected this afternoon, especially in the Twyford area.
Local residents are urged to follow these safety tips:
- 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 and radio.
- Avoid walking, cycling or driving through flood water.
Wiltshire residents are being urged to prepare for wet weather in the coming months, after 500 homes were flooded last winter.
The latest three-month outlook from the Met Office suggests it will be wetter than average until the end of January.
Wiltshire council recommend people turn off the electricity, gas and water supplies, and keep key contacts on mobile phones in preparation for flooding.
Jonathon Seed, cabinet member for flooding, said:
Last winter we saw people pull together locally to help vulnerable neighbours in times of need and enact flood plans to minimise the disruption.
I would urge people living in areas which we know are prone to flooding to do all they can to protect their homes in advance.
We will continue to work with our partners throughout the winter to ensure the often devastating disruption caused by flooding is kept to an absolute minimum.
A village that was flooded for 3 months last winter says its bracing itself for another deluge - as ground water levels are rising.
There's already been more rain this year than last and residents in Hambledon say it's not a matter of if they will be flooded again but when.
Kerry Swain has been to speak to residents Neil Mason and Ian Ruthven-Stuart, and Tony Higham from the Flood Action Group
Work started in the summer to lay a one metre wide pipe under the village's main road - at a cost of £3.8m to drain water away.
But the work isn't due to be finished until 2016.
Engineers from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) have been repairing and upgrading key instruments of the UK’s coastal flood warning system, after winning a new contract from the Environment Agency.
The UK suffered billions of pounds worth of damage last autumn and winter after storms and high tides affected thousands of homes and businesses.
The latest contract work has comprised upgrades and emergency repairs to 12 of the 42 sea level observing stations around the country, including gauges in Dover, Sheerness, Bangor, Wick, Bournemouth, Cromer, Liverpool, Portbury, St Helier, Immingham, St Marys and Ullapool.
Engineers have been repairing damage from last year’s bad storms and installing back-up systems and new technology to make the measuring and reporting systems more resilient.
Professor Kevin Horsburgh, who is the Head of Marine Physics and Ocean Climate at NOC, said:
The latest contract from the Environment Agency highlights NOC’s important role in the national coastal flood warning partnership.
We are constantly developing innovative sea level measuring technology and our science makes a significance contribution to the country’s coastal defence policy and investment.
The contract began in mid-August and the upgrade and work will be completed with a final diving operation this month.
Residents and shop owners in Godalming have been left with thousands of pounds worth of damage, after a sewer overflowed.
The sewage system at the back of the building on High Street was blocked and heavy rain on Friday sent liquid and solid waste flowing into nearby residences and businesses.
It had overflowed a few days previously, but didn't flood into the properties.
Thames Water assigned a company to deal with the problem and spent several days trying to fix it, but the downpour in the early hours of Friday overwhelmed the system.
A Flood Alert has been issued by the Environment Agency for the Lower River Loddon.
Flooding is possible in Swallowfield, Arborfield, Shinfield, Barkham, Lower Earley, Sindlesham, Winnersh, Woodley, Hurst and Waltham-St-Lawrence this Afternoon.
The Environment Agency says low-lying land and roads will be affected first and says to call Floodline on 0845 988 1188 for up-to-date information.