Monday, 27 September 2021

Villagers clear up after floods

RESIDENTS of Wargrave have been cleaning up after the village was hit by flooding over the Christmas holiday.

RESIDENTS of Wargrave have been cleaning up after the village was hit by flooding over the Christmas holiday.

Riverside properties were badly affected when the River Thames burst its banks on Christmas Eve.

It was the second time in six weeks the area had suffered from flooding following heavy rainfall. The river level only started to return to normal this week.

Tony Mayes, of Henley Road, has been clearing boat sheds with his friend Michael Frellsen and son Christopher. “The water has not fully gone down so it is still so muddy,” he said. “It will cost around £300 or £400 to clear up — it is filthy.”

Mr Frellsen, of Queen Close, Henley, said: “It has taken a long time for the water to go away and the ground is still very soggy. It is a big job to clear it up.”

Mr Mayes, who has lived at his property for 20 years, is concerned about more rain.

He said: “The tremendous downpours are not very easy to cope with. The rain came down in such heavy amounts that the ground was saturated and the water had nowhere to go.”

Mr Mayes, who has lived at his property for 20 years, is concerned about more rain.

He said: “The tremendous downpours are not very easy to cope with. The rain came down in such heavy amounts that the ground was saturated and the water had nowhere to go.”

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