Flood Alerts in the Thames Valley
1 May 2012, 12:57
The Environment Agency has issued several flood alerts for areas near rivers and waterways in the Thames Valley.
The Environment Agency remains on "high alert'' for flooding across Southern parts of Britain.
The agency has put in place 30 flood warnings across England and Wales where flooding is expected and 152 flood alerts, where flooding is possible.
They said in a statement:
"River flows are high after this weekend's rainfall and we are keeping a close watch on river levels as well as checking defences and clearing any potential blockages to reduce the risk of flooding.''
Find out if there are any alerts near you on the Environment Agency website.
Thames Water have said all the rain doesn't mean an end to the hosepipe ban.
Richard Aylard, director of sustainability and external affairs for the company, said they were aware of the "irony'' that heavy rain had set in after the hosepipe ban was announced.
"In fact, it hasn't really stopped raining since we and six other companies imposed 'hosepipe bans' on April 5. We are alive to this irony, and our contribution to the endless talking point that is the British weather.
"But it took the two driest years since records began for us to get into this drought, and one wet month, even one as wet as April, will not be enough to get us out of it.''
The rainfall has provided a short-term boost to river flows, which has allowed Thames Water to get its reservoirs to 100% full.
Some roads have been closed in Bracknell because of the heavy rain last night,
- Church Lane, Shinfield between its junctions with A327 Hollow Lane and Basingstoke Road
The alternative route for all vehicles affected by the restriction will be via A327 Hollow Lane, B3349 Hyde End Lane and Basingstoke Road, or by this route in reverse.
- Emmbrook Road, Wokingham between its junctions with A329 Reading Road and Lowther Road.
The alternative route for all vehicles affected by this restriction will be via A329 Reading Road, Old Forest Road and Lowther Road, or by this route in reverse
- School Road, Riseley between The Devil's Highway and the Borough Boundary