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Flood Warnings As River Levels Set To Rise
Homeowners in southern England have been warned to prepare for further flooding today after heavy rainfall caused the River Thames to burst its banks.
The Environment Agency (EA) has warned people living along the lower reaches of the Thames to be aware of the risk of rising water levels.
Further flooding is expected over the weekend in Oxfordshire, West Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Surrey as recent rainfall flows downstream.
There are also risks of flooding along the River Parret in Somerset and the River Severn in the Midlands.
Residents in Dorset, south Wiltshire, Hampshire and West Sussex have also been warned of likely flooding caused by high groundwater levels.
The EA has issued 94 flood warnings - meaning immediate action is required due to expected flooding - and 151 flood alerts across England.
The agency estimates that some 570 properties have been flooded since the New Year, while a further 239,000 properties have been protected by flood defences.
"Communities along the River Thames, particularly below Oxford, into Berkshire and through Surrey need to remain vigilant for further flooding," said the agency's head of incident management, John Curtin.
"River levels on the Thames are high and will continue to rise for the next few days and we urge people keep up to date with the latest flood warnings and take action.
"With so much standing water around, we would also remind people to stay out of flood water and not attempt to walk or drive through it."
The Thames burst its banks on Friday, forcing homeowners to carry out clean-up operations and protect their homes from damage.
Parts of the river, stretching from Buscot in Oxfordshire to Bourne End in Buckinghamshire, were under flood warnings as heavy rain over recent days caused river levels to rise.
Residents were warned on Thursday to expect flooding, with many moving belongings to prevent damage.
Many homes close to the banks are underwater, with flood waters causing damage to ground floors and gardens.
Affected areas included Marlow and Cookham in Buckinghamshire, as well as Shiplake and Wargrave in Berkshire and parts of south Oxford.
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