Heavy rain causes flooding chaosBy Jon Nurse
November 28, 2012
Relentless rain has stranded drivers in submerged roads and led to businesses and homes being flooded across the borough.
A mother and baby were rescued from their car after becoming stranded in flood water in Sandford Lane in Woodley on Monday.
One driver climbed on to the roof of his car when it became trapped in more than two feet of water on Loddon Drive in Wargrave on Monday at 7.30pm. Firefighters were called to rescue the car.
Staff at Country Gardens in Winnersh were faced with more than a foot of water after the business in Wokingham Road flooded.
Roads have been closed and families living near the River Thames and River Loddon have been warned of flooding.
The Loddon Bridge Park and Ride remains closed today due to a flood warning on the River Loddon along with Sandford Lane in Woodley. Mill Lane in Winnersh is now open between Mole Road and Lower Earley Way following earlier flooding.
Sonning Bridge is closed this morning and motorists are advised to avoid the area. The Lands End ford in Park Lane, Charvil, is closed due to rising river levels.
Properties were expected to be flooded near the River Loddon in Twyford, Charvil and Wargrave yesterday as well as River Thames in Shiplake, Lower Shiplake and Wargrave following a flood warning.
Peter Quarmby, Environment Agency flood risk manager, said: “River levels continue to rise on the Thames in response to the recent heavy rainfall and will remain high for the rest of the week.
“Everyone living near a watercourse needs to be vigilant, but people living adjacent to the River Thames in particular need to know the risk and be prepared.”
A flood alert was also issued for the Lower River Loddon near Swallowfield, Arborfield, Shinfield, Barkham, Lower Earley, Sindlesham, Winnersh, Woodley, Hurst and Waltham St Lawrence.
Firefighters have been tackling problems caused by the weather. Waterloo Road in Wokingham flooded because of a blocked drain.
Station manager Jess James, who works with the fire service’s water rescue unit, said: “Our advice is that people do not attempt to drive through floods. Only drive if your journey is really necessary and be prepared to take longer to get to your destination.”
No further rain is forecast by the Met Office in Wokingham until Saturday afternoon.