Flood Precautions

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Flood Precautions Update
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UPDATE 17.00

Island Road
Following an inspection, Island Rd is being re-opened now as the flooding has subsided.

Napier Road
The flooding is subsiding, however the temporary traffic signals are still required.

Closure of Kirtons Farm Road
Due to flood water on the carriageway, Kirton's Farm Road - at the junction of Smallmead Road and Berry Lane - was closed this afternoon. It will be reviewed in the morning.


The Environment Agency’s latest computer modelling suggests that water levels in the Thames at Reading have now peaked. However, the Flood Warning for the river from Scours Lane to Caversham Lakes remains in force. Levels in the River Kennet and the Holybrook may increase but are predicted to remain below those experienced over Christmas. No further residential flooding is expected.

Reading Borough Council has had staff in the areas most likely to be affected from early on Tuesday morning this week. As a precaution, and based on the Council’s own historic data and the latest EA advice, Council staff have undertaken a phased distribution of sandbags to those properties in the areas identified as most likely to flood. Based on current predictions, we do not expect widespread flooding of residential properties but we are continuing to monitor the situation and will update residents if required.

We would also advise residents to check the Environment Agency website, the Council’s website, tune in to local radio stations, or follow us on our Twitter feed @ReadingCouncil for updates.

Council staff will continue to be in attendance in the areas most likely to be affected and will be able to make arrangements for any vulnerable or elderly residents who may have special needs. However, we would also appeal to residents to think about elderly or vulnerable neighbours and consider if they need any help.

If residents have any concerns or if they require assistance or support they should call the Council on 0118 937 3737 and we will do everything we can to help.

We have the following information regarding properties/roads affected by flooding:


Island Road – This road remains closed and will be reassessed today by Highways Team.

Napier Road - No change since yesterday, still flooded. To reduce the risk to motorists the Council has deployed temporary traffic lights to enable controlled single file traffic.

Honey Meadow Close – This road still has standing flood water at the end of the cul-de-sac but remains passable for motorists.

Paddock Road – Flooded for a 30m section approx 4in deep but remains open and passable.

Property flooding:

Reading Rowing Club
Reading Canoe Club
One house at Queens Road (basement)
Bridges Bar & Grill
Riverside Court (water in car park, under croft & lobbies only)
27 Scours Lane (dwelling surrounded by water but no internal flooding)

Premises Closed due to drainage problems:

Amersham Road Youth & Community Centre
Caversham Children’s Centre

Businesses closed

Rivers Gym – Scours Lane.