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River Thames breaches its banks near London

LONDON (AP) - The River Thames has burst its banks after reaching its highest level in years, flooding riverside towns upstream of London.

Residents and British troops piled up sandbags to protect properties from the latest bout of flooding, but the river overwhelmed their defenses in several places Monday, leaving areas including the center of the village of Datchet underwater.

The Environment Agency has issued 14 severe flood warnings - meaning there's a danger to life - along the Thames east of Windsor, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) from London.

Its chief executive, Paul Leinster, said "extreme weather will continue to threaten communities this week" with more Thames flooding expected Tuesday.

There were no flood alerts for the part of the river that flows through London. That stretch is protected by the Thames Barrier, a series of giant metal gates downstream of central London that can be closed against tidal surges. By holding back the tide, the barrier also creates more space in the river for excess water from upstream to flow down to the sea.

England has had its wettest January since 1766. Its southwest coast has been battered repeatedly by storms and a large area of the low-lying Somerset Levels in the southwest has been under water for more than a month.

The disaster has sparked a political storm, with the Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative-led government facing criticism from many residents for allegedly failing to dredge rivers and take other flood-prevention measures.

Both Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg visited flood-hit areas Monday as the government struggled to take charge of the flooding crisis.

Cameron denied the government had been slow to respond.

"We have been dealing with it from the very moment it started," he said. "Where money was needed, we provided more money. Where military was needed, I made sure the military was deployed."


Village Flooded as Thames Rises

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vicppi February 10 2014 at 10:10 AM

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hello Mick February 10 2014 at 12:22 PM

doesnt the river thames have a flood barrier

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loveeurope2 hello Mick February 10 2014 at 12:54 PM

Yes, London has a flood barrier for the incoming tide from the estuary and the North Sea. Unfortunately it does not help with excessive rain, like they have now. Pretty much the same when we have flooding due to bad weather.

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Trish February 10 2014 at 12:31 PM

Yup we are in for it when ALL that snow melts, we'll have flooding all over. I hope most of the people living in those areas are planning on a defence to all the water in the comeing thaw.

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bigred8690 February 10 2014 at 7:35 PM

I spent a year in London as a graduate student at King's College London. My heart goes out to all the Brits whose lives are impacted by this flood.

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JALUPAS February 10 2014 at 12:48 PM

ELPASO,TX WILL TAKE ALL THE WATER....... ;)

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Patrick JALUPAS February 10 2014 at 2:22 PM

If I am correcct, you will be getting a lot in the next two months.

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tony JALUPAS February 10 2014 at 6:41 PM

If it did there lupy, it would be under 93.77121 feet of h2o.

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mae13rle11 February 10 2014 at 1:12 PM

Mother nature does as she pleases.....We are insignificant specks in time, a collection of atoms that will disband whenever it chooses. Foolish for us to think we have any REAL control.......

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tony mae13rle11 February 10 2014 at 6:39 PM

Thou be so wise.

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Blackbird Cycles February 10 2014 at 1:16 PM

Keep calm and carry on!!

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Wendy Blackbird Cycles February 10 2014 at 2:43 PM

I love that tea. :D

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lbreamer February 10 2014 at 1:21 PM

Oh my - I hope the waters recede & they can get back to life "as usual". We have floods here where I live, some have been just horrific, so I understand a little of what they're dealing with.

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classicconnusa February 10 2014 at 3:51 PM

I was speaking with a friend in South Wales ( Carmarthenshire) this morning as I do each morning. She told me her son went into town (Whitland) and couldnt get to the store - the roads were all under water there also. She said it raining non-stop and high winds up to 80 MPH - Snow and cold aren't so bad here in Wiscsonsin I guess!

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tony classicconnusa February 10 2014 at 6:29 PM

Unless thou falls down& can`t get up.

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mitchellotus February 10 2014 at 8:28 PM

This made news in the U.S. Hope all my friends in the U.K. are safe and dry.

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