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Last Updated: Friday, 27 July 2007, 10:05 GMT 11:05 UK
River water levels remain stable
Sarah Blow took this photo of a flooded road in Whitley Wood, Reading
Sarah Blow photographed a flooded road in Whitley Wood, Reading
The river levels in Berkshire remain high but stable and are expected to drop slowly over the next few days, the Environment Agency said.

It said it could be up to two days before the change becomes noticeable.

There are still three flood warnings in place - the agency's second highest level of alert.

People are being warned to be cautious near the River Thames, from Day's Lock to Whitchurch Lock and from Shiplake to Hurley Lock.

Boaters warned

Pangbourne, Reading, Caversham and Purley are also still under a flood warning.

The Environment Agency is also warning that there is a "very strong stream warning in force over the full length of the Thames" and are urging boaters not to attempt to navigate it.

A spokesperson said: "As river levels start to drop, the strength of the stream will actually increase.

"Our strong advice to boaters is to stay safe and leave their boats moored up where they are - the river is dangerous to navigate and many locks are still impassable."

Kate Webb photographed a dog needing help in Woolhampton
Kate Webb photographed a dog needing help in Woolhampton

It had been feared that some homes in Reading and other towns further down the River Thames could have been flooded earlier in the week.

However, a predicted river surge never materialised, even though the River Thames rose by about 1ft (30cm) and did burst its banks.

The torrential rain, which hit the Thames Valley last weekend, initially caused hundreds of homes to flood in the Pangbourne, Charvil and Winnersh areas.

West Berkshire Council has warned its residents to beware of bogus callers following reports of people posing as "council environmental health officers" knocking on doors in the Thatcham area and asking for access to check on contamination.

They have also warned that damaged electrical appliances that have been left outside - such as fridges and washing machines - should only be removed by authorised staff from Biffa or the council.

A council spokesperson said: "If they are flood-damaged they are likely to be unsafe.

"Unauthorised collectors may have the intention of re-selling these goods, and this could be extremely dangerous."


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