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Have your say on minimising flood risk

It's the final day today for people to have their say on a package of plans designed to minimise the risk of flooding in Reading.

Areas of the Thames Valley were devastated by flooding in 2014 Credit: ITV Meridian

Eight sites across the town have been identified as at greater risk. The plan describes the work to alleviate the flooding and where it's already underway.

Residents able to see plans for flood alleviation scheme

Hambledon was severely flooded last winter Credit: ITV Meridian

Residents and businesses who were severely affected by flooding last year are being invited to find out what precautions have been put in place to stop the same happening again.

People in Hambledon will be able to discuss plans on the flood alleviation scheme.

The council will share how they hope to keep the village open for business during the works.



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.

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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.

Flood warning in Twyford following yesterday's rainfall

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.

Flood warning for residents in Wiltshire

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.

Residents urged to prepare for flooding in Wiltshire. Credit: PA

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.

– Jonathon
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