Thousands of Thames flood victims battle power cuts

Power cuts have been reported in Datchet, Singleton and East Marden in the Thames area amid continued flooding. Around 1,700 homes are thought to have been affected, as storms continue to hit southern Britain.

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Thames expected to rise to highest level in 60 years

A swan on a flooded field next to the river Thames in Windsor, Berkshire. Credit: PA Wire

The River Thames is predicted to rise to its highest level in more than 60 years in some places after more treacherous weather conditions.

Residents in Windsor, Maidenhead and communities in Surrey, where nearly 1,000 people have been evacuated from the areas, have been warned to expect severe disruption and risk of flooding.

Streets become rivers as flood levels rise in Egham

Resident in Egham in Surrey have become the latest to see rising water transform their streets into rivers.

A boat rests out of the water next to houses in Egham Surrey. Credit: ITV News

Several minor roads are completely impassable, throwing work and travel plans into chaos.

One local man, responding to reports Environment Agency staff pulled out of other flood-hit areas after being bombarded with abuse, said: "I'm not surprised, I imagine they'll have been getting death threats.

"But I've only seen one here today. They know they're gonna get some stick."

The roads have become rives in Egham, Surrey. Credit: ITV News


Thor the horse helps with relief effort in Wraysbury

Thames Valley Police's mounted section has tweeted:

Army place sandbags in Reading in bid to stop floods

Sandbags have been placed along Kennet in Southcote, Reading by the Army in a bid to stop the rising water in the area.

The Army also helped remove a fallen tree blocking access to an area where they wanted to place sandbags.

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Pink Floyd studio nearly floats away on River Thames

The boat is moored at Hampton, Surrey and owned by the East Sussex based guitarist. Credit: Polly Samson Twitter

A historic houseboat which has been turned into a studio used by Pink Floyd to record songs had to be lashed to a tree to prevent it from floating away.

The century-old Astoria has been owned by the group's guitarist David Gilmour for 28 years and has also been used for his solo material as well as mixing a number of releases.

The Floyd frontman's wife Polly Samson posted a picture of the houseboat online with webbing straps stretched across a flooded riverbank to hold it in position on the deluged River Thames.

She wrote on Twitter: "They've tied Astoria to a tree to stop her from floating away."

The boat is moored at Hampton, Surrey and owned by the East Sussex based guitarist.

It has been used to record sections of Pink Floyd albums A Momentary Lapse Of Reason and The Division Bell.


'Only limited action could be taken' to save Wraysbury

The gold commander in the Surrey and east Berkshire area has said that there was not much that could have been done to save the village of Wraysbury.

Assistant Chief Constable John Campbell, of Thames Valley Police, said: "One of the unfortunate things about Wraysbury as a location is there are limited flood defences that can take effect around that location."

He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that "at least 100 soldiers and military personnel" have now been deployed to the village.

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