Thames river levels slowly falling in Kingston but expected to rise again next week, warns Environment Agency

Surrey Comet: Flooding at Teddington Weir. Picture: Olivia Young Flooding at Teddington Weir. Picture: Olivia Young

River levels are expected to rise again tomorrow and next week in Kingston after today's reprieve from heavy rain.

There remains a flood warning for the Thames between Raven's Ait and Teddington by the Environment Agency with more showers expected on Sunday.

But levels have been falling and are not expected to be as high as the start of last week.

The Agency's flood warning said: "River levels on the Thames at Kingston have been slowly falling since the high levels seen on Monday.

"Levels are still very high and are expected to rise again in response to the rain falling today. River levels are expected to rise again from Sunday onwards and into next week.

"Maximum river levels are forecast not to exceed levels seen at the beginning of this week but only if we have no further heavy rain after Saturday.

"Some isolated property flooding is still possible and ongoing disruption to low lying roads is expected.

"The weather prospects are to expect further rain this evening and overnight, which will be heavy at times. More showers, lighter in nature, are forecast for tomorrow."

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3:53pm Sat 22 Feb 14

IanIEA says...

Inside the Environment Agency Blog: http://www.insidethe
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.uk - An ex-EA manager put the internal green conflicts succinctly in his comment the other day, so it's lack of proper direction and priorities: John: "You can consider me one of those senior EA manager - worked in various functions for 9 years, the last 3 as a AEM before leaving in 2011. Most functions outside of FCRM are over funded and inefficient (sustainable places, biodiversity, groundwater, fisheries, even EM itself). At least a fifth of the budget could be re-allocated to higher priority projects by reducing these functions without any detrimental impact to their ability to meet legislative requirements. Unfortunately, the Pitt Review from the 2007 floods was rushed, so didn't go far enough, otherwise, the EA would not again be in the position it is in. That being said, there are some very fine, hard-working and dedicated employees."
Inside the Environment Agency Blog: http://www.insidethe environmentagency.co .uk - An ex-EA manager put the internal green conflicts succinctly in his comment the other day, so it's lack of proper direction and priorities: John: "You can consider me one of those senior EA manager - worked in various functions for 9 years, the last 3 as a AEM before leaving in 2011. Most functions outside of FCRM are over funded and inefficient (sustainable places, biodiversity, groundwater, fisheries, even EM itself). At least a fifth of the budget could be re-allocated to higher priority projects by reducing these functions without any detrimental impact to their ability to meet legislative requirements. Unfortunately, the Pitt Review from the 2007 floods was rushed, so didn't go far enough, otherwise, the EA would not again be in the position it is in. That being said, there are some very fine, hard-working and dedicated employees." IanIEA

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