With heavy rain falling on already saturated ground, river levels have continued to rise in the last week. Hundreds of Environment Agency engineers have tackled a series of flood events, manning and repairing flood defences.
More than 1,400 properties were flooded across the UK in mid-December when a tidal surge pushed sea levels higher in some places than during the floods of 1953. Storms and river bursts occurred throughout the Christmas period, before fresh floods in the South West in early January. The Agency estimates that since the beginning of the year 640 properties have been flooded in England, with more than 240,000 homes and businesses protected by flood defences. Communites in Dorset, South Wiltshire, Somerset and the Thames Valley are advised to remain vigilant for continued flooding as further rain is forecast this week.