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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Sunny this evening, then dry overnight. There is the risk of thundery showers for Kent tomorrow morning, then sunny spells by the afternoon
Sunshine to end the day then dry tonight. Tomorrow will be mostly dry and feeling fresher with the risk of a heavy shower in the afternoon
The video, obtained by ITV News, shows scores of migrants desperately trying to board lorries in a restricted area within the tunnel.