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   National Flood Prevention Party - River and reservoir flood maps - Horton & Wraysbury (example)

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The Environment Agency do provide a lot of information on flooding in their web site, but the EA do not make clear what you should be looking for.

You may be unaware that you are at risk of flooding!

If you are looking for flooding you can go straight to http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/default.aspx 

Click on 'flood map' for 'risk of flooding from rivers or sea' and enter your post code to view the map.  You need to ensure that the scale is 1:40,000 or better i.e. 1:20,000, 1:15,000 or 1:10,000 by clicking the '+' button and zooming in for a better look.

For example lets look at Datchet, Horton and Wraysbury - three small villages about 5 miles West of Heathrow Airport.

From the EA 'risk of flooding from rivers or sea' pages here is an image (March 2011 - using the postcode TW19 5NA) revealing that the majority of the area is at risk of fluvial flooding.

Map of TW19 5NA at scale 1:20,000

 
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Now lets look at 'risk of flooding from reservoirs' for Datchet, Horton and Wraysbury -

Locate the 'risk of flooding from reservoirs' page - type in the postcode TW19 5NA and this is what you should get

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But you may need to zoom in for the detail........

You can see below that the area is at risk of flooding from the local reservoirs.

 
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Now here is a real reservoir flood story - Queen Mother Reservoir (2.4m dia. burst pipe) April 2006

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