The Environment Agency has issued 16 severe flood warnings across Britain as the Thames reaches record water levels
The Environment Agency is advising all boats to avoid large stretches of the Thames due to strong stream flows, making it both difficult and dangerous to navigate.
Strong stream warnings have been issued from the Teddington lock near Kingston, all the way to St John’s lock in Lechlade.
The Environment Agency has issued 14 severe flood warnings along the River Thames and a further two in the south west of the country.
Several Thames gauges are showing their highest levels since being installed in the 1980s and 90s.
More rain is expected over the next few days, with river levels and flows to remain extremely high.
The Environment Agency’s Dave McKnight told the BBC: “There really is a danger to life in these severe flood warning areas on the Lower Thames. We’re still seeing the Thames slowly creeping up.”
Thousands of homes across England continue to be threatened by rising flood waters as the Thames reaches record water levels.
Officials are expecting widespread flooding to affect a significant number of areas and are warning of potential travel disruption.