Twenty eight flood warnings were in place on Friday (Feb 7th) with many alerts and still more heavy rain expected over the weekend.

River levels were up again and riverside communities were urged to stay vigilant. All locks on the non-tidal river remained on red alert.

Warnings were in place for parts of Oxford and downstream at Henley, Shiplake and at Wraysbury and Old Windsor - among the worst hit places a fortnight ago.

Link to flood warnings HERE and to latest river levels HERE.


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Pic: Whitchurch Bridge Company

EARLIER FLOOD STORIES
The Thames floods have delayed work on the £4 million reconstruction of a bridge over the river.

Whitchurch Toll Bridge will not now open to road traffic until July instead of April. But the aim is still to reopen the river to boats at the end of March.

The 112-year old bridge which links Whitchurch-on-Thames in Oxfordshire with Pangbourne in Berkshire has been dismantled and is being completely rebuilt.

An announcement by the bridge company this week (Jan 27th) said: "It is now expected that the Bridge will re-open in July 2014 – the exact date will be announced later.

"Although many options have been explored for recovering the time lost prior to the
start of the demolition works and more recently due to the adverse river conditions, [contractor]
Balfour Beatty has been unable to devise a plan which will get the project back on
schedule."

Mike Beckley, Chairman of theWhitchurch Bridge Company, says “The Company very
much regrets the inconvenience that the delay to the re-opening will cause to local
residents, residents on the diversionary routes and local businesses. We will continue
to press Balfour Beatty to complete the works as soon as possible”.

Around 6,000 vehicles a day normally used the toll bridge before work began in October.

Link to the Whitchurch Bridge company website HERE

FISH STRANDED BY FLOODS

At Goring thousands of fish were left stranded as the flood waters started to fall.

A mixture of perch, roach, dace, ruffe and minnow were found on farmland..

Fisheries officer Tom Sherwood told the BBC the public should report any fish found trapped near rivers. When rivers burst their banks "fish find their way into reeds and ditches but there is no easy access back to the river," said Mr Sherwood.

Story dated Jan 28th 2014

 
 
 
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