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Armed Forces minister praises flood-aid soldiers

Armed Forces Minister Mark Francois said he was "proud" of the work done by soldiers helping a flood-hit community as they reinforce a dam protecting an electricity substation.

Around 20 troops from 7th Battalion The Rifles, known as 7 Rifles, were stacking up sandbags in submerged fields in Reading, Berkshire, where the River Kennet has burst its banks.

Villagers navigate floodwater in Venetian-style gondola

Some residents of the village of Datchet in Berkshire have been navigating the floodwater in a Venetian-style gondola:


'Only limited action could be taken' to save Wraysbury

The gold commander in the Surrey and east Berkshire area has said that there was not much that could have been done to save the village of Wraysbury.

Assistant Chief Constable John Campbell, of Thames Valley Police, said: "One of the unfortunate things about Wraysbury as a location is there are limited flood defences that can take effect around that location."

He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that "at least 100 soldiers and military personnel" have now been deployed to the village.

Evacuations continue in flooded Berkshire village

Royal Berkshire Firefighters rescue Joy Levinson and her dog from her house in Wraysbury, Berkshire Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Royal Berkshire Firefighters to the rescue Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
RSPCA rescue residents in Wraysbury, Berkshire Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Large trailer loaded with sandbags arrives in Wraysbury

A large trailer carrying sandbags has arrived near the Berkshire village of Wraysbury.


Philip Hammond confronted by emotional flood warden

A flood warden in the village of Wraysbury has confronted Defence Secretary Philip Hammond on live TV to request more "manpower" to help with the crisis.

Su Burrows told him: "I'm sorry I am going to get emotional ... We have been working for 48 hours evacuating people, risking our lives, going into waters that would be over my head".

"What will it take for you to understand [that] we are seriously in need?" she asked him.

Live on Sky News, Ms Burrows said there were around 100 volunteers coordinating the rescue effort in the village, and "not one Environment Agency officer."

Initially taken aback by the warden's outburst, Mr Hammond said he was surprised that a team of solders and police had not delivered sandbags to the village yet. He offered to arrange a meeting with the local gold commander and Ms Burrows later today.

First lorry carrying sandbags arrives in Wraysbury

The first of the lorries carrying sandbags has arrived near the east Berkshire village of Wraysbury. The flood defences are being offloaded onto small vans for distribution around the area.

Read: Sandbag distribution centres set up in Thames villages

Only car roofs visible above floodwater in Wraysbury

ITV News reporter Lewis Vaughan Jones says that every street in one part of Wraysbury, Berkshire is underwater leaving only the roofs of cars visible

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