Surrey firefighters have rescued more than 860 people from flooded homes near the Thames in the last four days as water levels are set to remain high well into next week.
Teams from Surrey Fire and Rescue Service, Surrey Police, the Environment Agency, the military and local borough councils have been working together to respond to flooding relating to nine severe warnings in place from the Berkshire border to Walton-on-Thames.
In addition to more than 45,000 sandbags distributed by agencies across the county, several thousand more arrived overnight and have been given to affected boroughs today, with many more due to follow.
With current forecasts predicting Thames levels will remain high well into next week, emergency services, local councils and the military continue to help those most at risk, especially vulnerable people.
There is a rest centre set up to help residents affected by flooding is at Woodham & New Haw Centre, Amis Avenue, New Haw KT15 3ET (Runnymede).
To contact your local authority, call Elmbridge Council on 01932 247549, Spelthorne Council on 01784 451499, Runnymede Council on 01932 355700 and Surrey County Council on 03456 009 009.
The county council is continuing to check that the most vulnerable people are safe, and residents are being urged to check on any neighbours they think may need help.
A number of people have come forward over recent days offering to volunteer their help. Anyone wishing to volunteer is asked to go to their local district or borough council, while anyone offering the services of their 4×4 vehicle are asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org
Drivers are being urged to park in designated parking spaces as abandoned or badly-parked vehicles are causing delays to the flood response operation, including blocking access.
If you are in danger and have an emergency, dial 999. If you need non-emergency advice, contact your borough council’s helpline or the Environment Agency’s hotline.
Residents and motorists are being urged to remain vigilant and keep updated on flood alerts and weather warnings and to use caution when out and about.
In particular, motorists are urged not to drive into flood water. The water hides dips in the road, or the road may even have been washed away. The car may stall or the driver lose control.
Advice on what to do after flooding can be found on the Environment Agency and Public Health England websites. Residents whose insurance policies cover flooding should contact their insurers at the earliest possible opportunity.
Public Health England is advising people across the country that it is sensible to wash hands thoroughly with soap and water after coming into contact with floodwater, and seek GP advice or call the NHS helpline on 111 if they feel ill.