Issue date: 15th February 2013
The Environment Agency reports that the whole length of the non-tidal Thames is again (as of 15th February) on red boards. When the Agency displays these red ‘Caution Strong Stream’ boards on lock gates, it advises users of all boats not to navigate because the strong flows make it difficult and dangerous. Furthermore, boat wash can potentially cause damage to properties at risk of flooding. The position is similar on most other major rivers in England, with Canal & River Trust advising a number of locks impassable or flood gates in operation. During the recent flood events the Environment Agency has received reports of boats that have come free of their moorings, and suggests that boat owners who are safely able to do so should check the condition of their boat and its mooring lines. The Agency’s latest flood warning information can be found on the Environment Agency's website.