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Sun rises over a flooded Staines

Sunrise over a Staines in Surrey this morning may not have provided much comfort to residents whose homes are still underwater.


Red sky in the morning, severe flood warning. In #Staines @daybreak as experts warn flooding will last weeks


Read: South of Britain braced for 'wild Wednesday'

Police: 'Don't tweet about empty flood homes'

Police have urged people not to advertise that they have left their property empty as they flee the flooding.


Extra patrols are in place to prevent crime in evacuated areas. However, we advise you don't Tweet that your house is empty #SurreyFloods


Residents swap cars for boats in flooded Weybridge

Residents of Weybridge in Surrey have adopted a new form of transport to get around the flooded streets.

Elderly man dies after gun fired in hunting shop

A man in his eighties has died after a gun was fired at a hunting shop.

Police were called to John Powell Gun Makers in Reigate, Surrey, following the incident at 9.40am.

A Surrey Police spokesman said: "A call was received to say that a gun had been discharged at the John Powell Gun Makers in the town centre.

"A man, believed to be in his eighties, was declared dead at the scene a short time later.

"Detectives from CID are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death assisted by local officers from the Reigate and Banstead Safer Neighbourhood Team, who are also carrying out a number of inquiries in the area.

"Although the investigation is still in the early stages there is nothing to suggest there is any threat to the general public or any third party involvement at this time."

Resident preparing for evacuation 'with crossed fingers'

One resident living a few miles outside Staines says he is waiting "with crossed fingers" to see whether he will be forced to evacuate his home.


#Staines in the last 20 minutes. The Thames is still rising & my friend has been given 4 hours to evacuate his house.


@tmckinnin I live about 15 miles downstream. The water here is heading my way. I think the mantra is "wait & see with crossed fingers."


Oh, and in further good news it's just started to rain again... Oh boy...


Greenpeace: 'Dice loaded towards extreme weather'

Greenpeace UK executive director John Sauven has said that it has been clear for many years that "climate change loads the dice in favour of more frequent extreme weather events like floods."

Mr Sauven said that the "Government's own experts are making the link" meaning that the "the climate-sceptic quacks at the heart of David Cameron's Cabinet have nowhere left to hide".

He said: "Far from being an eccentric intellectual quirk, climate change denial is a grave risk to the future well-being and security of the people of Britain."

He said that the Government's failure to invest in making Britain more resilient to the impacts of climate change is a "grave blunder that should trigger immediate questions about the competence of the ministers in charge".

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