Flash floods hit the South

Flash floods have hit parts of the South due to stormy weather, with the Thames Valley particularly affected.

Transport has also been hit - with flooding at stations and lightning strikes on lines.

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Flood warnings: Environment Agency alerts in Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Hampshire

The Environment Agency has issued flood alerts warning that flooding is possible in areas including:

  • The Ginge Brook, for the Steventon area down to and including Sutton Courtenay.
  • The Upper River Loddon including Basingstoke, Old Basing, Sherfield-on-Loddon, Chineham and Meadow Park.
  • the River Thames and its tributaries from Days Lock to above Pangbourne, including Dorchester and Overy, Shillingford, Benson, Ewelme, Wallingford, Winterbrook, East Hagbourne, South Moreton, North Stoke, Moulsford, South Stoke, Goring and Streatley

Low lying land and roads will be affected first.


Flooding in parts of Newbury - Trains affected too

Some streets in Newbury flooded overnight amid storms Credit: Emma Guite

There are delays of up to 30 minutes and no service on Great Western Railway Westbound at Newbury train station because of flooding.

Trains can not run on some of the lines through Newbury and services are unable to call at Newbury station.

Water rising near Sainsbury in Newbury Credit: Emma Guite

Flooding: Didcot Parkway station under water

Staff walking through floodwater in station shops Credit: Michael O'Shea

There are delays and some cancellations on Great Western Railway services through Didcot Parkway because of heavy flooding on railway lines in the area.

Therefore trains from Swindon heading towards London Paddington can not call at Didcot Parkway train station..

Floodwater rising at Didcot Parkway railway station Credit: Michael O'Shea


Lightning causes house fires across the region

Lightning in Newbury Credit: Tim Cooper

Lightning overnight and this morning have caused a number of house fires across the South.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue dealt with five property fires caused by strikes, none of which developed into major fires. A van in Basingstoke was destroyed after it was hit by lightning.

Fire crews in Dorset helped put out a roof fire in Christchurch after the overnight storms.

A house in Bracknell also caught fire when it was struck early this morning.

The house on fire in Bracknell Credit: Thames Valley Police

Flash flooding in the South disrupts transport

Newbury station last night Credit: Ben Wood

Flash flooding has hit the South due to heavy storms, which began last night.

The Thames Valley has been particularly affected, with large hailstones also being seen in Reading.

Hail in Reading last night

Transport links across the region have been disrupted by the weather.

Flooding at Woking station means all South West train services are affected, with fewer trains able to run. Disruption is expected until the end of the day.

Newbury town centre last night

There has also been flooding at Newbury Station, meaning some Great Western Railway services will be unable to reach the station and trains are delayed by up to thirty minutes.

Lightning has damaged the signalling system between Ascot and Guildford, affecting South West train services between the stations, with problems expected to last all day.

A number of roads in the region have already been closed or partially closed due to flooding.

The M4 Westbound at J8 near Maidenhead has had two lanes closed and there have also been closures on the A25 near Guildford.

Drivers are being urged to stay safe on the roads this morning,

Downpours cause flash flooding in Berkshire

Heavy downpours this afternoon and evening have caused flooding across the Thames Valley.

Newbury train station was flooded from the train gates right onto the station because of the sudden rainfall.

Video courtesy of Ben Wood

It wasn't just Newbury that was affected, Winchester also saw some thunderstorms this afternoon.

Thunderstorms in Winchester Credit: Alistair Beale

The centre of Newbury was flooded and experienced some power outage because of the rain.

The high street in Newbury overcome with water
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