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RBFRS: Keep children away from flood water during half term

With thousands of young people off school next week during half-term, Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) is advising parents and carers to ensure that their children keep away from flood water.

More than 150 firefighters, including specialist water and rescue teams are working in the east of the county as part of intensive multi-agency operations involving local authorities, military, police and the Environment Agency.

They have been delivering supplies and medication to those cut off by the flood waters and even included some cat food to one home whose cats had run out of food.

Youngsters may be tempted to go out and have a look at the flooding but that is not a good idea. The water is contaminated and full of debris and there is no way of telling where drain or manhole covers have been swept away. Just a few inches of fast flowing water is enough to sweep someone off their feet and we don’t want to see a tragedy occur. We are also advising any businesses that have had to move fixtures and fittings, stock or furniture around to avoid flooding, but are still using their premises, to check that all fire exits are clear and that staff and customers are safe."

– Group Manager Chris Bunyan

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Flooding in Thames Valley is "an ongoing process"

Thames Valley Police have released this statement regarding the flooding relief operation in the area:

We have seen a tremendous amount of work being undertaken from the various agencies involved in the flood relief efforts over the past week and this has been reinforced in no small way by efforts of those local residents who have volunteered their time to help out.

Looking ahead to the weekend and the threat of further rain in our region, I would like to reassure local residents and the communities affected, that we will continue to maintain a high level of dedicated flood relief resources.

This is still very much an on-going operation and there are personnel from Thames Valley Police, the military, the Environment Agency, local authorities and Fire and Rescue all on the ground helping people and providing a quick response where needed.

The most up-to-date information is that the situation is not worsening but obviously the expected high levels of rainfall over the next 48-hours could see a fluctuation in water levels in those areas already affected.”

– ACC John Campbell, Gold Commander, Thames Valley Police
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William: Come and help instead of throwing cameras around

Prince William has suggested that reporters gathered in flood-hit Datchet should "come and help instead of throwing cameras around."

The Duke of Cambridge was speaking to ITV News reporter Rupert Evelyn shortly after being pictured alongside his brother Harry helping to move sandbags in the Berkshire village.

Read: Royals 'wanted to show support for flood victims'

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Royals 'wanted to show support for flood victims'

Princes William and Harry wanted to show their support for the flood victims, Kensington Palace have said, after the pair were spotted helping unload sandbags in Datchet, Berkshire this morning.

A spokesman from Kensington Palace said:

They wanted to show their support for the flood victims and have joined the armed forces relief effort.

Read: Royals turned up at 7am to help flood-relief efforts

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Royals turned up at 7am to help flood-relief efforts

Princes William and Harry have been spotted helping move sandbags in flood-hit Datchet.

The royals turned up at 7am at Datchet Golf Club where they helped load sandbags onto a crane, according to local reporter John Dickens.

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Datchet has been heavily affected by the ongoing floods crisis and with further heavy rain due, there have been fears the situation could deteriorate.

Read: William tells media: Why don't you put notepads down and help?

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William: Why don't you put notepads down and help?

Prince William approached journalists from the Guardian and said: “Why don’t you put your notebook down and give us a hand with the sandbags?”

William and Harry were spotted along with Prince Harry helping move sandbags in flood-hit Datchet.

However after reporters agreed to help, aides intervened and said it would not be possible due to a lack of appropriate clothing.

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Princes William and Harry assist in flood response

Princes William and Harry have been filmed helping unload sandbags in a private trip to the flood-hit village of Datchet in Berkshire.

Dressed in waterproofs and wellingtons, the royals helped shift heavy sandbags onto the back of an army truck.

The princes were spotted working with the team of 20 members of the Household Cavalry and Network rail staff by a Guardian reporter.

A royal aide told the newspaper that the pair had been working with members of the Army unit this morning in numerous locations and that it was a "private effort" to help.

Network Rail insist floods will not close Paddington line

Network Rail says lines will not be closed from Reading to Paddington Credit: ITV News

Network Rail has confirmed that the line between Reading and Paddington will not be closed for engineering works tomorrow morning. They have confirmed that there is flooding at Maidenhead and trains are running on a reduced timetable.

Emergency services: "Please don't steal sandbags"

The emergency services involved in tackling floods in the Thames Valley tonight issued a plea to people not to steal sandbags protecting electricity sub-stations and telephone equipment.

And together with further safety advice they urged people not to try and drive down closed off roads however safe they appeared to be. The advice came in a joint YouTube video from the Army, Thames Valley Police and Oxfordshire and Bucks Fire and Rescue services and the Environment Agency.

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