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February 11, 2014 03:02 IST

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Thousands of homes in southern England are bracing for flooding after the River Thames burst its banks, with forecasters warning more bad weather is expected, ABC News reported.

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Image: A resident is rescued from his house after the river Thames flooded the village of Wraysbury, southern England, on Monday.
Photographs: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

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Authorities say lives could be at risk, with water levels along parts of the river reaching their highest levels highest since gauges were installed in the 1980s and '90s, the report added.

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Image: The river Thames floods into a graveyard at All Saints church in Marlow, southern England
Photographs: Eddie Keogh/Reuters
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The UK Environment Agency has issued 14 severe flood warnings in the affluent counties of Surrey and Berkshire, to the west of London. The military has been brought in to evacuate properties and build defences, media reports stated.

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Image: The river Thames floods the village of Datchet, southern England, Monday.
Photographs: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

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Fire crews, who have been rescuing people from their homes in Staines-upon-Thames, say they have never known waters so deep or a flood rescue operation on this scale, BBC reported.

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Image: Residents are rescued by the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue service during continued flooding at Burrowbridge in south west England.
Photographs: Luke McGregor/Reuters
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Thames Valley Police have declared a "major incident" in east Berkshire. Howard Davidson, from the Environment Agency, said he expected conditions in the county to deteriorate as more rain fell over the coming days, BBC reported.

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Image: The front gate to a house is seen surrounded by water after the river Thames flooded the village of Wraysbury, southern England, Monday
Photographs: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

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"We have issued flood warnings from Datchet down to Shepperton, and we urge people to take heed of the flood warnings. We are anticipating another three or four inches on the Thames over the next 24 hours."

The Environment Agency said it had never issued as many severe flood warnings and that many areas had seen more than double their average rainfall, the report added.

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Image: A car is seen surrounded by water after the river Thames flooded the village of Wraysbury, southern England.
Photographs: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

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Network Rail says it is concerned about 400 to 500 railway sites. Normally, at this time of year, it would be about a dozen, BBC reported. It is also warning that problems on the rail network could last for some months.

The media reports stated that rain and strong winds were expected to hit areas already affected by flooding on Tuesday.


Image: Railway workers are seen crossing the tracks after the river Thames flooded the railway in the village of Datchet, southern England.
Photographs: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

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