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Last Updated: Friday, 20 July 2007, 14:26 GMT 15:26 UK
M4 landslide causes traffic chaos
Jose Moreira from YourZ to Eat in Bridge Street Maidenhead
The flooding has caused chaos in Maidenhead
Motorists are facing chaos on the M4 in Berkshire due to a landslide caused by flooding.

The Highways Agency said the landslide happened at junctions 12 and 13 eastbound.

The floods have forced four schools in Maidenhead to close and the evacuation of homes. Nicholson Walk shopping complex has also had to shut its doors.

Berkshire Fire Service said it will attend "incidents where someone's life is in danger or if there is a fire".

Furze Platt Infants School and Boyne Hill Infants School in Maidenhead, along with Trinity St Stephen's School and Windsor Boys School in Windsor are closed.

Newbury has also been badly affected by flooding.

The fire service is asking householders who are flooded to only dial 999 if they are in danger or if the water is more than 6in deep, otherwise they should call the borough council.

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council, which is now handing out sandbags, has set up an emergency centre to co-ordinate their response to the adverse weather conditions.


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