Thames Barrier to close as more flooding predicted

Thames Barrier to close as more flooding predicted

Thames Barrier to close as more flooding predicted

First published in News

THE Environment Agency is warning that further flooding is likely as river levels continue to respond to recent rainfall, and more rain and stormy weather is expected this week.

Communities are being urged to remain vigilant to the threats of river, coastal and groundwater flooding caused by more rain falling on saturated ground and increasing already high river levels.

There are currently 14 severe warnings on the River Thames, meaning there is a risk to life, particularly affecting in Berkshire and Surrey.

So far, 400 properties have been reported as flooded across the south east.

Significant groundwater flooding is expected in the coming days in Hampshire, Surrey, Kent and parts of London.

The Thames Barrier is closing again tonight to protect properties along the Thames from fluvial flooding.

North east Thames area manager at the Environment Agency Caroline Douglass said: "This is already the wettest January England has experienced since 1766, and we are moving towards December, January and February being the wettest winter in 250 years. Looking ahead at the rest of this week, the end is not yet in sight."

Advice and guidance about flooding is available on the Environment Agency website and from Floodline on 0845 988 1188. For the latest info follow the Environment Agency on Twitter @EnvAgencySE.

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8:29pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Ian_SE says...

On 3 February 2014, you ran a story saying the Floodline phone number had changed to 0345 988 1188 which is a cheaper call for almost everyone.

Over the following days you have reverted to quoting the old 0845 number.

Continue to call the 0845 number only if you are on "BT Weekend" or "BT Evening and Weekend" (or a landline provider that copies those BT prices) and you are making a call during a weekday and you therefore have to pay for it, or you are on "Vodafone pay as you go".

Almost everyone else should call the brand new 0345 number and this applies whether using a landline or a mobile.

All callers with an inclusive call plan on their landline or mobile will find that calls to 0345 numbers are inclusive within their calls allowance.

Mobile users on pay as you go pay less for 0345 calls than for 0845 calls (except Vodafone charges 0845 calls at a discounted rate).
On 3 February 2014, you ran a story saying the Floodline phone number had changed to 0345 988 1188 which is a cheaper call for almost everyone. Over the following days you have reverted to quoting the old 0845 number. Continue to call the 0845 number only if you are on "BT Weekend" or "BT Evening and Weekend" (or a landline provider that copies those BT prices) and you are making a call during a weekday and you therefore have to pay for it, or you are on "Vodafone pay as you go". Almost everyone else should call the brand new 0345 number and this applies whether using a landline or a mobile. All callers with an inclusive call plan on their landline or mobile will find that calls to 0345 numbers are inclusive within their calls allowance. Mobile users on pay as you go pay less for 0345 calls than for 0845 calls (except Vodafone charges 0845 calls at a discounted rate). Ian_SE
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