In south-western England, preparations are being made around the River Thames amid further flood warnings. Waters peaked below danger levels in some of the areas worst hit, but the crisis is far from over with more than a quarter of million people still without water. Elsewhere, more than 48,000 homes have had power restored as waters recede in Gloucestershire. Authorities have warned people, especially those with children, to stay away from contaminated floodwaters.
The government’s emergency responses committe, Cobra, met last night after it emerged that the water levels of both the River Thames and River Severn had exceeded those of the last devastating floods 60 years ago. Forecasters say they expect more showers across England throughout the week, with heavy rainfall predicted for Thursday.