Residents along Thames prepare for more flooding

The Environment Agency has warned communities along the River Thames throughout Surrey, Berkshire and Oxfordshire of the risk of further flooding, after it burst its banks. There are currently more than 70 flood warnings in place.

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Govt's Emergency Committee to meet over flooding

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has announced he will be chairing a meeting of the Government's Emergency Committee to discuss its response to the flooding expected in many parts of the UK today.

It is thought the meeting will take place early this afternoon.

Mr Paterson said: "The Environment Agency and local authorities have teams on the ground monitoring the situation as it emerges.

"Due to the continuing extreme weather, I will be chairing another Cobra (emergencies committee) meeting today to ensure that everything that can be done to help affected areas is being done.

"With a number of severe flood warnings still in place I urge everyone to follow the advice from the Environment Agency and police and to take every precaution."

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