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Thames Valley hit by flash floods

Flooding in Three Mile Cross in Reading on Tuesday
Residents in Three Mile Cross struggled to keep the water out

Homes and schools in the Thames Valley have been flooded after heavy rain swept across the area.

Many parts of Oxfordshire and Berkshire were hit by flash flooding on Tuesday and the Met Office has extended its severe weather warning.

It has warned another 15 to 25mm of rain could fall during the day. Several schools shut and 500 pupils from Peers School in Oxford were sent home.

Seventeen Environment Agency flood watches remain along the River Thames.

Only the youngsters at Peers School in Littlemore, who were doing their GCSEs remained in the building.

Witney Community Primary School in Witney, Oxon, was also affected and Emmbrook School in Winnersh, Wokingham, Berks, was closed after sewage flooded the school grounds.

Residents in Three Mile Cross in Reading, Berkshire, where houses were flooded last summer, again found themselves battling to keep water out and a handful of homes were flooded.

Rob Malden, saw his house badly damaged by flooding in July 2007 and has been living in a caravan since the new year.

Emmbrook School in Winnersh, Wokingham
Emmbrook School pupils were sent home after sewage flooded grounds

He was due to have new carpets put down next week but that has now been cancelled.

He said: "After heavy rain, suddenly the ditches can't cope because they're half full to start with and then the water just rises up quickly and the road floods."

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service said it had been receiving a number of calls linked to flash flooding in the east of the county and has attended incidents in Thame, Chinnor and Wheatley.

Matt Oakes, from the Environment Agency, said: "We're expecting lighter rain to come through later and we are not expecting any property flooding from our rivers at the moment.

"There is lots of surface water problems because of the rain where it's just overwhelming the drains and flooding the roads."

Flood watches were also issued for the Cherwell, Cole, Evenlode, Loddon, Pang, Ray, Ock, Thame and Windrush.

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