IMPORTANT NOTICE TO MASTERS OF VESSELS
Updated 27July 2007
VERY STRONG STREAM WARNING
Floodwaters continue to fall in some areas, but water levels in the River Thames are still dangerously high and the river remains ?out of banks? in many areas.
There is still a VERY STRONG STREAM WARNING in force over the full length of the non-tidal River Thames and red boards continue to be displayed at all locks.
Please note the strength of the stream will remain very strong even though water levels may be reducing.
We understand that boaters are anxious to know when the river will be safe to navigate. This is very difficult to predict, particularly as further rain is forecast for the weekend. We currently anticipate strong streams for at least another week and possibly longer.
Our strong advice remains to stay safe and not navigate. Leave boats moored up where they are ? the river is dangerous to navigate and many locks are still impassable.
Please note that there will be no Environment Agency patrols whilst conditions remain hazardous. We are not maintaining a listening watch and we are not able to attend stranded vessels to give assistance.
For further information: -
For recorded Thames specific river conditions updates please telephone our FLOODLINE on 0845 988 1188 and press 1 when prompted, followed by 011131
Listen for information broadcasts on local radio
For any urgent enquiry, please telephone the Environment Agency?s 24 hour hotline on 0800 80 70 60
IN AN EMERGENCY INVOLVING IMMINENT RISK TO SAFETY CALL 999