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  • 11 January 2014, 3:37

Thames Homes Flooded As River Bursts Banks

Homeowners along the River Thames face mopping up operations after the River Thames burst its banks on Friday.

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.

Images captured homes close to the banks of the river 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.

The Environment Agency(EA) has 94 flood warnings in place - meaning immediate action is required due to expected flooding - the majority of them in the South East.

Although there is not expected to be significant rainfall over the weekend, the EA said there remained a medium risk of further flooding - mainly in the South - where groundwater levels are high and surface run-off continues to enter already swollen rivers.

Parts of Dorset and Wiltshire are also at risk of flooding, with warnings of possible travel disruption.

David Cameron visited flooded homes in his Witney constituency on Friday.

It comes as climate experts backed the Prime Minister's comments on the increase of "abnormal" weather events and their link to climate change.

Mr Cameron made the comments this week as communities around the UK dealt with the aftermath of a succession of storms in December.

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