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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The M20 London bound carriageway has now been reopened to traffic but Operation Stack is expected to remain in place into the weekend.
Friday morning's forecast for the east of the region
Friday morning's forecast for the west of the region