Villagers braced as flood waters rise in Wargrave and Sonning

Villagers braced as flood waters rise in Wargrave and Sonning

Daniel Darlington

Villagers braced as flood waters rise in Wargrave and Sonning

Concerned villagers in Wargrave and Sonning battened down the hatches this week after the worst flooding in nearly 10 years.

The River Thames has breached its banks following days of persistent rainfall and stretches of countryside are now under water.

Wokingham Borough Council (WBC) has received reports of some homes in flood-risk areas of Wargrave and Remenham having water flow into them.

In Sonning, rising water levels forced the borough to shut the Sonning Bridge on Tuesday.

The move, in place until further notice, means a short trip across the Thames to the A4155 Henley Road has become a half-an-hour journey for drivers who now have to travel through Reading.

The river is expected to continue rising overnight and reach its peak today.

A flood warning for Sonning and Wargrave was issued by the Environment Agency on Monday.

Homes have since been surrounded with flood water and gardens submerged by the fast-flowing river.

In Wargrave roads have been blocked with water and villagers forced to wear waders to get to their riverside properties.

However, with storms battering much of the country, some feel they have got off lightly.

"I think we have been quite lucky," said father-of-two Nick Marks, whose home in Sonning Eye has been surrounded with water.

"We haven't had nearly as much rain as other areas of the country."

WBC said it was keeping a 'watchful eye' on the situation and four roads had been closed by the flooding, including Park Lane towards the notorious Lands End ford in Charvil.

At Val Wyatt Marine in Willow Lane, Wargrave, workers moved most of the boats in dry dock from the flooded marina to higher ground.

Mark Rogers, a self-employed gardener looking after a riverside property in Wargrave, added: "It's unbelievable.

"This is the worst I have seen it."

A blocked ditch caused both lanes of the A4 Bath Road to flood in Hare Hatch on Monday.

Firefighters had to rescue a man after his Vauxhall Zafara was stranded in flood waters in Station Road, Wargrave, at 9pm on Monday.

The Water Rescue Unit, based at Caversham Road, Reading, helped rescue a mother and her child when their vehicle got stuck in flooded Sandford Lane, near Woodley on Monday.

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