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Flood risk increases in Purley

Reporter: Jane Meredith Reporter

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PURLEY-on-Thames residents have been warned to prepare for flooding as the River Thames threatens to flood the lowest part of the village.
The River Thames is threatening to burst its banks at River Gardens and at Wintringham Way.
Last night the Environment Agency put the village on a flood warning and pumps were installed to try and protect threatened houses.
Parish council chairman Rick Jones said: “The river is threatening to flood the eastern part of the village.
“The houses are very close to the river and the water is just coming up over the bank and into some gardens.
“The Environment Agency installed a pump in Wintringham Way last night to try and reduce the flood waters.
“The neighbourhood wardens visited affected houses last night warning local people to prepare in case the river did burst its banks.”
The village was badly affected by the floods last July as the eastern part of the village was submerged under water.
The River Thames burst its banks in several places, and gardens were flooded as the water table could not cope with the extra volume of water.
West Berkshire Council officials are working with the Environment Agency to monitor the situation and sandbags could be distributed if the situation detoriates.

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