“Wild Wednesday” floods leave 80,000 without power

Army helps flooding Egham Surrey

British Army Royal Engineers help evacuate flooded homes in Egham, Surrey

Large parts of London have been hit by floods with the Thames set to rise to its highest level in more than 60 years.

Flooding is set to continue over the weekend, and will be bitter news for Londoners, some of whom have already been evacuated from their homes.

Yesterday around 80,000 people in the UK were left without power after facing treacherous storms and 100mph gales. The Met Office was forced to issue its first “red warning” of 2014 on what has been dubbed “Wild Wednesday”.

The storms left one man dead and hundreds stranded as public transport ground to a halt in some places. Virgin Trains advised passengers to abandon their journeys after trains were forced to stop.

A total of 14 flood warnings remain in place along a 10-mile stretch of the Thames. The Environment Agency said 300 properties on the banks of the Thames had flooded, with another 2,500 still at risk.

Homes at risk

A total of 14 flood warnings remain in place along a 10-mile stretch of the Thames. Around 14,400 homes have been categorised as “high risk”.

Of the capital’s 32 boroughs, 20 have some homes risk of flooding. These boroughs have the most houses at high risk:

·         Waltham Forest - 2,510

·         Kingston upon Thames – 2,361

·         Barnet – 1,136

·         Richmond upon Thames – 948

·         Hounslow – 805

Murad Qureshi AM, chair of the London Assembly environment committee, said: “The Prime Minister has said that money is no object, so it’s time for the Mayor to cash in that promise and secure the funding necessary to protect those London homes. Current flood defence proposals will only protect a fraction of the homes at high risk.”

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