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Severe weather warning issued for the South

A red alert over bad weather expected during this afternoon and overnight has been issued.

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Emergency services warn people to stay alert

Residents in the Thames Valley affected by flooding are being warned to stay alert, despite a fall in river levels following a day of settled weather on Sunday. Water levels are expected to rise again tomorrow.

With rain water in the system already and further rainfall due this week, all the agencies involved in the flood relief efforts said they would maintain a high presence in the affected areas.

Though levels have fallen we anticipate that by Tuesday areas that have already flooded are likely to flood again to levels previously experienced. We must not be complacent in this period of respite, and as such we will continue to maintain the on-going structure with all of the agencies being centrally co-ordinated across the Thames Valley.

This will allow us to provide a swift response and utilise the resources that we will maintain on the ground more effectively."

– ACC Richard Bennett, Gold Commander, Thames Valley Flood relief

He said people needed to remain prepared and ready to respond, and that all the those involved in tackling the floods would provide updates as necessary.

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