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More flood warnings on the Thames
Newbury Station by David Chapman
David Chapman took this picture of Newbury Station
Residents are being urged to prepare for more floods, as officials warn the River Thames could burst its banks.

People have been told to move pets, valuables and vehicles out of at-risk areas and to stay out of flood waters.

The River Thames is expected to rise through the week as water from tributaries join the river, according to the Environment Agency.

The River Ock and its tributaries from Charney are expected to reach peak levels at about 0900 BST on Tuesday.

Flood peak

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service has told residents to "get prepared now" by making an emergency kit, looking out their insurance policies, protecting their homes and avoiding flood water.

An Environment Agency spokesperson said: "We strongly advise people in these areas to move vehicles, pets and valuables to safety and to think of elderly neighbours who may need help moving items."

The Royal Borough of Maidenhead and Windsor is telling people worried about flooding to "take as many precautions as you can such as blocking outside ground-level air bricks, and creating a barrage of some sort around door thresholds".

Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst
Rob Wilson
Reading East MP

Further flood warnings are likely in communities downstream including areas around Caversham, Wargrave, Cookham, Datchet and Wraysbury.

The flood peak is forecast to reach these areas later in the week.

Reading East MP Rob Wilson said his constituents in Caversham, who were hit by floods in 2003, are likely to be worst affected by the rising rivers.

Mr Wilson advised residents to "hope for the best, but prepare for the worst, particularly if your home was flooded in 2003".

An "all clear" has replaced the flood warning on the Cut catchment from Winkfield to the River Thames.

The Jubilee River, a 11.6km (7.2 miles) long flood diversion channel, is now operating to protect Maidenhead, Windsor and Eton from flooding.

Some roads are still flooded and councils have warned motorists not to risk driving into water.

Wokingham Borough Council has delivered over 7,000 free sandbags to residents in the borough since Friday.

In Pangbourne, 400 flooded homes are being cleared of debris after Sulham Brook burst its banks at the weekend.

Now residents are preparing for another onslaught of water if the River Thames bursts its banks on the opposite side of the village.

A car drives through a flooded street
More rain is expected in the area over the next few days

West Berkshire Council has prepared a rest centre in Purley to offer advice and shelter to residents.

A council spokesperson said: "You can't predict Mother Nature. We don't know how many homes might be affected, but we can't leave it to chance.

"Vulnerable homes have been given sandbags."

All of Reading Borough Council's schools will close early for the summer break this afternoon because flooding is likely in parts of the town.

Berkshire West Primary Care Trust has asked patients to check that GP surgeries and dentists are open before attending appointments.

Several have been forced to close because of flooding or structural damage caused by the weather.

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) said the final bill for the damage and disruption caused by the latest floods could run into hundreds of millions of pounds.

Residents warned over river surge
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