Seeing the floods - on the news - has brought back memories for those who witnessed similar events more than 60 years ago.
Then, as now, the Thames Valley was badly hit but, as Roy Cooper remembers, the cause wasn't rain - but melting snow. Richard Jones reports.
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Wednesday afternoon's weather for the east of the region
Wednesday afternoon's weather for the west of the region
A talented young sailor who represented Great Britain hanged herself in Hampshire the day after her 17th birthday, an inquest has heard.