03:55AM, Friday 10 January 2014
The flooding crisis may be getting worse.
The Environment Agency advises that the Thames will rise by 5 to 10cms over the next 24 hours.
While the Met Office predicts 20mm of rain on Monday and the outlook for the midweek onwards is wet and windy.
The Jubilee River flood scheme is in operation, helping divert water away from communities in Maidenhead, Windsor and Eton.
But Old Windsor, Datchet and Wraysbury remain at serious risk.Howard Davidson, Environment Agency Director, South East, said: “River levels will continue to rise for the next few days and we expect to see further property flooding over the coming days. We’re paying close attention to the River Thames, particularly below Abingdon, through Berkshire and into Surrey.
“We are expecting that many more properties will flood over the next two to three days."
Although Cookham Causeway will remain closed to ordinary traffic the borough is to open it daily between 9am and 10am, plus 3.30pm to an an hour after dark to enable residents and business to move their cars.
These periods will be marshalled by the police and community wardens. While an eight seater mini bus will be provided between 10am and 4pm (excluding the afternoon school time) to provide an essential link from Cookham village into Maidenhead.
The council believes that up to 20 homes have been flooded in other parts of the borough.
A small number of vulnerable residents in Wraysbury were evacuated by the fire and rescue service together with the council's social services team.
A further 4,000 sandbags have been deployed across the borough - making the total number up to 11,000.
Around 7,000 sandbags were deployed to Wraysbury, Old Windsor, Hythe End, Bisham, Hurley and Cookham areas of the borough earlier in the week.Residents can check the latest flood warnings in place across the borough via the Environment Agency (EA) website.
The EA's floodline number is 0845 988 1188 for the latest information and advice 24hrs a day.
The council's streetcare and operations team is working hard around the clock to provide support to residents in most need. They are being supported by members, community wardens and social services in working with the police and fire and rescue service.
If your home is in imminent danger of flooding you can request help from the council by calling 01628 683800 during extended operating hours of 7am to 7pm. The out of hours number is 01753 853517.
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