London Homes Evacuated As Water Levels Continue To Rise – Arts London News

Published on February 12, 2014 | by bjstudent11

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London Homes Evacuated As Water Levels Continue To Rise

The rain continues to pour across the country. In London, more than 300 homes have been evacuated along the Thames floodplain and 2,500 more are said to be at risk.

The Environment Agency has issued 14 severe warnings along the River Thames – meaning “danger to life”. Areas including Staines, Chertsey and Datchet are among the worst affected.

Boris Johnson’s reassured Londoners that “maximum preparations” are under way to help protect the capital from further storm damage.

But people like Philip Dunbar from Staines are claiming they are not getting enough support. He says, “we are constantly phoning for sandbags requested and we haven’t had any help.”

Many pictures in the last few days on television, in newspapers and online show politicians in their wellies visiting badly flooded areas. But perhaps the most promising signs of the government’s help came in today’s Prime Minister’s Question time. David Cameron repeated his pledge that “money is no object” in the flood-relief effort. He says grants of up to £5,000 will be available to businesses and homeowners hit by flooding to better protect their properties in future.

‘Major travel disruptions’

Train journeys between Paddington and Reading are taking up to an hour longer than usual. Additionally, trains between Staines and Windsor and Eton have been cancelled until at least Thursday. Network Rail says it’s expecting 400 to 500 railway lines to suffer disruption. Normally, at this time of year, it would only be about a dozen. It is also warning that problems on the rail network could last for some months.

‘New storm on its way’

This afternoon a new storm is said to be sweeping in from the Atlantic, threatening large parts of the UK with very high winds and heavy rain.

This latest batch of soggy weather is set to be pretty powerful; with gusts of more than 70 miles per hour already recorded in the south-west of the country.

The Met Office has issued areas in the south east with amber weather warnings. Further North, some areas are on red alert weather warning . Around the country there are expected winds of 100mph.

It is said a month’s worth of rain is to fall in just the next few days.

Speaking at an emergency government COBRA committee meeting today, Paul Leinster from the Environment Agency says we can expect water levels to continue rising. “Potentially over the weekend and going into next week, water levels could rise to higher than the current level.”

For the latest developments on the floods and subsequent travel delays in and around London follow: @LCCBroadcast

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