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.

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

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

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

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Thousands of Thames flood victims battle power cuts

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