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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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In numbers: British homes built on floodplains

Since 2001, 208,664 new homes have been built on floodplains in Britain, with 38,026 constructed in "serious flood risk" areas, an ITV investigation reveals.

There are concerns that more and more homes are being built on floodplains. Credit: ITV News

ITV News research found evidence flood warnings are being sidestepped.

Many Eastbourne residents have suffered power cuts and flooding over recent weeks. Credit: ITV News

In Eastbourne, there has been a net increase of 2,746 houses built on floodplains in the last 10 years.

Canterbury is an area at risk of flooding. Credit: ITV News

In Canterbury, 19 housing developments were approved, while in Poole, Dorset - an area of heavy flooding - 18 housing developments were given the green light.

Dorset saw some residents evacuated from their homes earlier this month due to the floods. Credit: ITV News

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