River levels to remain to remain high in southern England.
Still a risk of flooding
The Environment Agency has downgraded its 14 Severe Flood Warnings for the River Thames - a decision taken in conjunction with the emergency services and local authorities. River levels on the Thames are gradually falling but will still remain high and property could be flooded for some time.
Two severe flood warnings are also still in force on the Somerset Levels. The country’s largest ever pumping operation continues on the Somerset Levels.
The River Severn has also risen as a result of recent rainfall, causing a continued risk of flooding in Worcestershire and Gloucestershire.
At 17.30 there are two Severe Flood Warnings, 118 Flood Warnings and 166 Flood Alerts in place.
The Environment Agency is urging people to remain vigilant as river levels are still very high across southern England and groundwater flooding remains a concern in Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex, Kent and parts of London. Local authorities will work with utility companies to respond to these incidents.
The Environment Agency, military, emergency services and local authorities are working in Romsey to put in place a major flow diversion scheme in the River Test to help protect up to 300 properties. Over the past two weeks 50 demountable defences have been put up – including some imported from Sweden – to help provide additional protection to at risk communities.
The Environment Agency is also supporting multi-agency command centres, normally led by the police, across the country as part of our work with a wide range of partners including the military, local authorities and the emergency services.
Since 29 January 2014, 1,669 properties have flooded but 207,000 have been protected by Environment Agency flood defences. The Environment Agency has sent over 2.5 million flood warning messages to people with properties at risk of flooding.
Mat Crocker, duty flood risk manager, said: 'Flooding has devastating impacts on communities and businesses and our thoughts are with all those that have been flooded.
'An improving situation on the Thames has meant that we have been able to remove the Severe Flood Warnings but we will continue to see the impacts of flooding.
'Groundwater flooding will continue to threaten properties for some time to come and we will support the local authorities’ emergency response.
'Environment Agency teams are working round the clock and we have deployed over 50 temporary defences protecting many homes and businesses. 1.3million properties have been protected since the start of December as a result of Environment Agency defences.
'The public are urged to keep up to date with the latest situation on the Environment Agency website, local authorities’ websites and on social media using #floodaware.'