Levels drop but alerts still in place
River was at 10 year high

Floods in Wraysbury - and right temporary flood defences at Oxford (EA pic)

By Friday flood warnings were lifted along the Thames . Levels continued to drop from their earlier ten-year high.

Full details on the right.

The hydro scheme at Romney that powers Windsor Castle has been out of action because of the state of the river. Insufficient drop between upstream and downstream levels at the weir caused it to be shut down.

Chertsey Bridge was reopened to road traffic on Thursday. And Sonning Bridge reopened on Monday (Jan 20th) following flood damage.

On Sunday the Environment Agency had said: "The forecast for the next few days is dry across the region. River levels and flows are still high but static.  

All locks are displaying red strong stream warning boards and most weirs are fully drawn (open).
Boat owners are advised to check that their vessels are moored securely on lines that cope with the rise and fall of the river level but only if safe to do so.."

Home owners were urged to stay alert to dangers. The agency had warned it would be at least several days before levels return to normal.

Links to flood warnings and weather forecast on the right.

Thames at Wraysbury (left) Datchet and Windsor Castle's Home Park

In our earlier stories:
Properties in Surrey were particularly at risk. Watch Dave Caton-Richards's aerial footage of Surrey flooding here:

On the previous Sunday flood wardens on Ham Island reported water over the 2003 levels with the speed of the river estimated at 25 mph. The Runnymede Hotel which had been forced to close reported a four inch drop in the river on Sunday on its twitter feed



Pics: Marlow, Henley, Chertsey

The Jubilee River flood scheme,to divert water away from communities in Maidenhead, Windsor and Eton, has been at full capacity.
People are still being urged to avoid driving or walking through flood water. Fast-flowing water that is just 15cm deep can be enough to knock an adult off their feet.

Pics: Henley Bridge, Cookham, and Mill Meadows at Henley

More pictures of Walton and Weybridge on Barbara Molony-Oates' blog.

The EA said; "People should check the Environment Agency website or follow @EnvAgencySE and #floodaware on Twitter for the latest flood outlook in the South East Region, and sign up to receive free flood warnings, taking action when they receive them.

The Environment Agency’s floodline is available 24 hours a day on 0845 988 1188

Link to interactive flood warning map HERE

Met Office 5 Day Forecast HERE

In Windsor and Maidenhead the council’s customer service centre can be contacted on 01628 683800. The out-of-hours number is 01753 853517.

RTN pictures; top Wraysbury, Oxford; third pic Wraysbury; bottom Henley. Hampton Court picture: HRP. Pix on right: Longridge,Cookham and Marlow

Story updated Jan 19th 2014.


A rare sight at Hampton Court Palace close to the Thames where the moat was filled with water for the first time in some years.

Pic: HRP

Floods in Windsor area

ITV report on floods

Aerial pictures of Oxfordshire

Homes evacuated in Surrey

Sandbags deployed in Reading