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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.

Make-over for locks along the River Thames

Locks along the River Thames to get refurbishment Credit: ITV news

Eleven locks along the River Thames will be refurbished this winter now that the Environment agency is investing nearly 1.8 million pounds in the scheme. Some locks will be closed for a time, but the renovation work will see improved navigation routes for boaters and visitors along the water.

The River Thames is used by millions of people each year - from boaters and walkers, through to anglers and those attending various events all along the river. The Environment Agency will invest the money between September 2014 and March 2015. Among the locks set to benefit are Abingdon Lock , Caversham Lock, Marlow Lock and Cookham Lock.


Safe recovered from the River Thames

Kent Police is appealing for information after a safe was recovered from the Thames at Greenhithe.

At 8.09am on Sunday 27 July, officers received a report that two men had been witnessed throwing a safe over the seawall into the river at Sara Crescent.

The safe was recovered later that day at Denton Wharf. It appeared as though it had been damaged. Inside was a set of digital scales and other objects too water-damaged to be identified.

This safe was recovered from the River Thames Credit: Kent Police

A 22 year old man from Sittingbourne was arrested hours later on suspicion of theft and bailed pending further investigation until 27 August.

We have reason to believe this safe was stolen before it was dumped but are looking for information to help us establish the circumstances around the theft and to try to help us locate its owner. 'I'd ask anybody with information to call me on 01474 366042. Alternatively, to remain anonymous, call Kent Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.'

– Investigating officer, DC Bill Looker

River traffic to resume under Whitchurch Bridge in Berkshire

Whitchurch Bridge is due to reopen to river traffic today despite delays in reconstruction caused by the floods.

It will not be reopened to road traffic until September and navigation will be restricted for the next six months.

River traffic is to be allowed under the Whitchurch Bridge once again Credit: ITV Meridian

The Edwardian toll bridge on the non-tidal river links Pangbourne in Berkshire with Whitchuch in Oxfordshire. Work has been at a virtual halt since early this year when river levels started to rise.

A notice from Environment Agency Harbourmaster Matt Carter said: "The width of navigation will be restricted to varying degrees throughout the ongoing works. The minimum navigation width will be 7 metres.

"When this is in operation, one-way river traffic will be managed by the contractors during lock keeper hours of duty. To permit safe navigation, a buoyed channel will be in place and this will be lit between sunset and sunrise.

Body found in Thames believed to be missing woman

The body of a woman has been found in the River Thames this afternoon.

It has not yet been formally identified, but police think it is that of missing woman Sirzana Saeed. She had been missing since this morning. Her next of kin have been informed.

Thames Valley Police would like to thank the press, public and the search teams for their help.

Meeting to discuss third Thames bridge

A meeting is being held later about a third bridge over the River Thames. The MP for Reading East Rob Wilson, says for too long there's been "too great a reliance put on Sonning's one lane bridge" - which has been closed recently due to flooding and repairs.

The closure of Sonning Bridge has re-ignited calls for a 3rd bridge over the Thames Credit: ITV Meridian

Rob said "For decades there have been calls for a third river crossing but to date no agreement has been reached. I hope that by bringing together representatives from all three authorities we will start the process of actually listening to what local people on both sides of the border want.

The massive congestion and delays suffered by motorists and residents as a result of Sonning Bridge's recent closure has not been limited to my constituents in Caversham, Reading and Woodley, but also to John Howell MP's constituents in the Henley and Sonning Eye area.**

The meeting will be in the sports hall at Highdown School & Sixth Form Centre which is on Surley Row, Emmer Green, RG4 8LR


Thousands of fish found dead near the Thames

Thousands of fish have been found dead near the River Thames in Goring. The recent flooding has seen exceptionally high river flows over an extended period of time, which has caused some fish to seek refuge on flooded fields and meadows.

Thousands of fish became trapped near the River Thames Credit: Environment Agency

Unfortunately, fish can become trapped as result and may die due to suffocation as levels leave them stranded or water quality deteriorates.

Thousands of fish became trapped near the River Thames Credit: Environment Agency

The Environment Agency has carried out a number of rescues of trapped fish in the past, and as a result know of a number of historic sites where fish become trapped after flooding.

Thousands of fish became trapped near the River Thames Credit: Environment Agency

This week, fisheries officers became aware of fish trapped in a small pond off the River Thames, near Goring. The team used electrofishing equipment to remove the fish, including Perch, Dace, Chub, and Roach, and returned them to the River Thames.

New nature reserve to protect threatened species

Video. Work has started today on a new wetland nature reserve to protect threatened species such as water voles and otters along the River Thames in Oxfordshire. The River of Life project will transform a two and a half kilometre stretch of the river near Wallingford.

The aim is to return the area to nature with wet woodland, reed beds, ponds and backwaters and will take several years to complete. Heather Edwards reports.

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