Marlow flooding update

Sun 16 Feb, 2014


The River Thames is responding to the early weekend rainfall, and tributaries upstream are rising. It is likely this will cause the main river to peak in the Marlow area late on Tuesday 18 February and early on Wednesday 19 February, though it will not be any higher than its peak last week.

The pumping operation in Marlow continues, with no real change to previous updates. Assistance is still being provided in Somerset.

Greg Smith, Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service’s Response Policy Manager, said: “A primary focus is now ensuring that communities stay prepared for flooding, as the fine weather today may give a false sense of security.

"Flooded areas represent a risk to personal safety, and as we move into half-term week we are advising people to stay away from those areas affected.

"All the agencies dealing with the flooding are working together to make sure those who may be at risk are aware of the following key messages."

  • Although we have seen more stable weather today, flood levels are anticipated to rise again due to the rain water already in the systems. Further rain is anticipated in the week ahead.
  • These increased levels will remain for a few days, but we do not expect any properties that haven’t already flooded to be impacted. However, those that have flooded may be flooded again.
  • People are urged to stay prepared to the threat of flooding and ready to respond to the information being made available to them by all the agencies involved in the flood relief efforts.
  • Sandbag defences and temporary flood defences put in place over the past week will remain as they are, and people are urged not to tamper or remove these.
  • Flood warning and alerts on waterways are issued by the Environment Agency. Latest information can be found on their website: www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/

Crews from the following fire stations have worked in shifts in Marlow since Thursday 6 February: Amersham, Aylesbury, Beaconsfield, Bletchley, Brill, Buckingham, Chesham, Gerrards Cross, Great Holm, Great Missenden, Haddenham, High Wycombe, Marlow, Newport Pagnell, Olney, Princes Risborough, Stokenchurch, Waddesdon and Winslow. An HVP (high volume pump) from Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service is also working in Marlow.