Residents evacuated from flood-hit Marlow homes

Canoes have been used to get around Higginson Park in Marlow today. Picture by Daren Saunders of www.satori-photo.co.uk

Canoes have been used to get around Higginson Park in Marlow today. Picture by Daren Saunders of www.satori-photo.co.uk

First published in News Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

MARLOW residents are being evacuated from their homes as the flood crisis continues to worsen.

Several residents have said the current water levels are the worst they have ever seen in the town - and it's expected to get worse after the Environment Agency issued a fresh flood warning for Marlow.

Pound Lane - which is already closed to traffic - and Lock Road are the worst affected areas, while crews from Marlow fire station have spent the day pumping water away from St Peter Street.

Some residents have been told to leave their homes, and they will be put up at the Age Concern centre in Glade Road.

Town clerk Annie Jones said the charity's base is being set up as a refuge centre that residents can drop in to.

She said: "The Environment Agency are down at Mill Road. They are clearly concerned and taking the situation seriously.

"I've been told by a number of people it's the worst they have known in their memory, for sure. Unfortunately we are expecting more."

Marlow has been issued with a flood warning by the Environment Agency, meaning flooding is expected and immediate action is required.

Other parts of the River Thames have been given severe flood warnings - meaning there is a possible danger to life.

Simon Hughes, Regional Manager at the Environment Agency, said: “We encourage everyone at risk of flooding to listen to and co-operate with the emergency services, particularly those in the areas where severe flood warnings have been issued.

“Our teams are out in force checking that flood defences and barriers are in good working order and our Flood Ambassadors are on the ground helping people and communities.”

The Longridge Activity Centre in Marlow has been particularly badly affected by the flooding.

CEO Amanda Foister said: "My colleague Mark has been here 15 years and it's definitely the worst he's ever seen. He said this morning it's the highest level it's ever been. The worst before was in 1948 and he's saying it's now above that. It's unprecedented."

She said the recently-built training centre was at risk from flood damage as well and appealed for help to avert an even bigger clean-up operation by removing its flooring now before floodwaters rise even higher.

She said: "All the buildings are either flooded or are about to be apart from the training centre.

"We're putting out a plea to help rip the floor and the carpet up as it will almost certainly flood tomorrow. It's four feet off the ground and I can't get my head round the fact it will flood. It's unbelievable."

Anyone able to offer help can contact Emmalleen on 07540411782.

For the latest flood warnings and information, go to www.environment-agency.gov.uk/flood.

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6:41pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Jamie225 says...

Inside the Environment Agency have been exposing the failings of the Environment Agency for going on a year now http://www.insidethe
environmentagency.co
.uk - others have been exposing these failings for much longer.
Inside the Environment Agency have been exposing the failings of the Environment Agency for going on a year now http://www.insidethe environmentagency.co .uk - others have been exposing these failings for much longer. Jamie225
  • Score: 8

7:31pm Sun 9 Feb 14

m1ckey says...

pound lane flooding should come as no surprise to many older residents of Marlow. The road was impassable due to flooding when the road and estate were being built in the 1960's
pound lane flooding should come as no surprise to many older residents of Marlow. The road was impassable due to flooding when the road and estate were being built in the 1960's m1ckey
  • Score: 21

8:52pm Sun 9 Feb 14

England must be saved says...

Yes but look on the bright side; we've just given India 600 million. Some of it may be used to improve their infrastructure .... or build another space rocket? Best wishes to those that are adversely affected.
Yes but look on the bright side; we've just given India 600 million. Some of it may be used to improve their infrastructure .... or build another space rocket? Best wishes to those that are adversely affected. England must be saved
  • Score: 45

11:19am Mon 17 Feb 14

KrissieJS says...

Why in this country can there be no forward planning. The clean up cost of any flooding must be a lot more than any costs for preventing it in the first place. Why is nobody looking to a way to limit any flooding in the future?
Why don't we have the pumps like the ones they use in Holland? Why are sandbags only made available after the water rises?
Why in this country can there be no forward planning. The clean up cost of any flooding must be a lot more than any costs for preventing it in the first place. Why is nobody looking to a way to limit any flooding in the future? Why don't we have the pumps like the ones they use in Holland? Why are sandbags only made available after the water rises? KrissieJS
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