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It was hit hard by flooding - one of the worst affected areas - today though, defences are finally being installed at Purley on Thames - to try and protect it in the future.
70 homes there were affected by the rising waters over winter but it wasn't the first time - for many years there's been a problem.
Now a five metre wide embankment is being built - but many living there say it won't solve the problem. Divya Kohli reports.