Via The Independent: UK weather: Floods threaten to spread as Army scrambles to help bolster defences with yet more storms on the way. Click through for the full report and photos. Excerpt:
Serious flooding is likely to spread to the Thames Valley within days, the Government warned today as hundreds of soldiers were put on standby to protect threatened communities by building up sea and river defences.
A fresh storm is forecast to batter much of Britain tomorrow night and early Tuesday, dumping fresh water into already overflowing rivers across the south of England and Wales.
David Cameron was today due to chair a meeting of Whitehall’s civil emergencies committee, Cobra, which was expected to focus on the threat to householders along the Thames as well as the Severn.
Soldiers were drafted in to use sandbags to dam a breach in a canal near Reading, Berks, which threatened an electrical sub-station.
Army engineers from northern Scotland were also called in to support Environment Agency teams moving more than 40,000 tonnes of pebbles shifted by high waves at Chesil Beach, Dorset, which is a World Heritage site.
The Environment Agency had 175 flood warnings in place, while householders in 261 other locations were alerted to the potential dangers of rising water.