*VIDEO* River Thames flooding of Surrey from the air
PUBLISHED: 12:55 13 February 2014 | UPDATED: 09:41 18 February 2014
It’s been a horrific winter for flooding in Surrey but events have reached another dramatic low in the past few days, with the River Thames threatening communities from Staines to Kingston. These aerial pictures from the BBC show the shocking extent of the damage in some areas.
On Tuesday February 11, prime minister David Cameron visited Staines before later giving a press conference about the nationwide situation at Downing Street, where he commented: “Money is no object in this relief effort. Whatever money is needed we will spend it.”
The Met Office have said that this has already been the wettest winter in the south-east and central southern England since its records began in 1910.
While Surrey Police have stated that a total of 2,500 homes in our county are at risk of flooding, with hundreds of people already rescued.
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Surrey flooding facts & figures (as of Thursday February 13)
Surrey areas affected:
Currently Runnymede to Thames Ditton, with Egham, Staines, Chertsey, Shepperton, Sunbury, Walton-on-Thames, Molesey all also heavily hit – plus the islands of the Thames. Kingston has high, fast flowing river levels.
• The River Thames has already peaked at the highest level since 1947 in this area.
• The Met Office has said that this has already been the wettest winter in the south-east and central southern England since its records began in 1910.
• A major incident was declared on Monday as the River Thames reached record levels.
• On Tuesday, prime minister David Cameron visited Staines before later giving a press conference about the nationwide situation at Downing Street.
• There has been a massive volunteer turnout from Surrey residents. Get in touch with your local council to find out more.
• Surrey Police have said boat patrols and cameras are being used to protect evacuated properties.
• On Wednesday, prime minister David Cameron said the River Thames is expected to peak again on Sunday and Monday.
• As of Wednesday night, 850 people had been rescued in Surrey.
• Today, an ‘aquadam’ (a roll out temporary dam that is filled with water) is being introduced in Chertsey.
• Volunteers from as far away as Cheshire have helped Surrey Search & Rescue who have been working to evacuate people in Chertsey and Egham.
• Approximately 1,000 homes in the Surrey area have been flooded
• Around 850 people in total have been evacuated from affected areas in Surrey
• To date, over 45,000 sandbags have been distributed by agencies across the county
• 130 dedicated officers and staff from Surrey and Sussex Police continue to work on the flooding response at any one time, however all agencies are acting as extra eyes and ears to help deter criminals. There have been no reported burglaries of flooded/evacuated properties to date.
• 53 on-going road closures remain in place across the county with 60 roads in total affected by flooding so check travel update for the latest information.
• Over 360 military personnel from 2 Royal Gurkha Rifles, 2nd Battalion The Royal Welsh and elements from both 19 and 47 Regiment Royal Artillery are currently assisting the multi-agency relief efforts across Surrey.
Away from the Thames:
Groundwater flooding is also currently affecting the Caterham Bourne Catchment, which includes Caterham, Whyteleafe, Kenley, Purley, South Croydon, Beddington and Carshalton. Flood levels have already exceeded those seen in 2001 throughout the catchment.
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