RESIDENTS of West Berkshire are being warned that flooding is likely on a number of the district’s rivers, with another full day of heavy downpours forecast prompting the Environment Agency to issue a number of new flood warnings.
A red flood warning – warning residents that flooding is expected and that Immediate action is required- has been issued by the Environment Agency for the River Kennet from Theale to Reading, including in Burghfield, Calcot, Southcote and at The Oracle shopping centre in Reading.
There is also a red flood warning in place for the River Thames at Goring and Streatley.
Staff at Streatley hotel The Swan said the Environment Agency had warned them to prepare for flooding inside the building at around 12.30pm.
Amber flood alerts – warning residents that flooding is possible and to be prepared - have also been issued for the River Kennet from Thatcham to Reading, including in Colthrop, Woolhampton, Aldermaston, and the River Pang from East Ilsley to Pangbourne and Sulham Brook.
An amber alert also remains for the River Kennet and its tributaries from Berwick Bassett down to Newbury, including in Ramsbury, Hungerford, Denford, Kintbury and Newbury.
Another amber alert is in place for the River Thames and its tributaries from Days Lock to above Pangbourne.
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this morning shows that Pangbourn has already been badly affected by flooding.
The River Enborne and Foudry Brook has also been issued an amber alert for flooding, from Gore End to Aldermaston, including the Ecchinswell Brook and the Kingsclere Brook; also the Foudry Brook and its tributaries from Scotsman's Green to Green Park including Stratfield Mortimer and Tadley on the Bishopswood Stream.
Pictured is Headley Ford, flooded from the River Enborne, yesterday.
At 10.30am today, the Environment Agency released new amber flood alerts for the River Lambourn and its tributaries from Upper Lambourn down to Shaw, including Eastbury, East Garston, Welford, Easton, Boxford, Woodspeen, Bagnor, Donnington, Great Shefford on the Great Shefford Stream and Winterbourne on the Winterbourne Stream.
The Met Office has forecast for heavy rain until noon and lighter showers from then until mid-afternoon, with wind speeds to reach up to 33mph.
The yellow warning for rain is expected to remain in place until 9am tomorrow morning.
Cover image: Barry Stone