Elmbridge braced for further flooding as Thames continues to rise

Flooding: The scene near Walton Bridge yesterday

Flooding: The scene near Walton Bridge yesterday

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Homes in Elmbridge are still at risk of flooding, with flood warnings still in place and river levels expected to continue rising.

Flood warnings, the second most severe level of warning, have been issued for the Thames across the borough, with flooding expected at properties closest to the river.

The warnings for the Thames remain in force at Thames Ditton, Thames Ditton Island, East and West Molesey, Hurst Park, Walton, Walton Bridge and the Xcel Leisure Centre.

A further flood warning is also in place for the River Wey in Weybridge.

A severe flood warning, meaning lives are at risk, has been issues further along the river, including Hamm Court, Weybridge.

Philip Hammond, MP for Runnymede and Weybridge, this morning visited Hamm Court, which is completely flooded, to speak to residents.

Members of the community have continued to rally around to support those affected by the floods.

Weybridge hair and beauty salon, Glitterati, is offering free wash and blow dries to flood victims from Monday to Thursday at its Church Street premises.

Glitterati owner Enzo Betolone said: “Many of these people still don’t have hot water, and a majority of them have had their electricity cut off.

“We just want these people to know we know they’re there and we are here to help in our little way.”

On the other side of the borough, the Molesey Residents' Association (MRA) is looking for volunteers to come forward and help move furniture and household items upstairs in homes which are at high risk of flooding.

The MRA also wants people to help place sandbags around affected properties, with Councillor Tony Popham coordinating the operation.

Anyone who wants to volunteer with the MRA or those who are under threat of flooding should called Coun Popham on 07970 107937.

Elmbridge Council has issued sandbags to areas most at risk and has suspended car parking charges until further notice at the Ashley Road car park, Thames Ditton, to allow people to move their cars away from the riverside.




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1:39pm Tue 11 Feb 14

henrypie says...

Can you please contact the environment agency to find out when the hose pipe ban comes into force so we can plan well ahead.
Can you please contact the environment agency to find out when the hose pipe ban comes into force so we can plan well ahead. henrypie
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