Firefighters from Spalding help in flooded areas

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Firefighters from Spalding are helping with flood relief in Maidenhead.

Last night a fire engine with a flood responder crew was sent to the large Berkshire town, lying south of the River Thames.

The initial request was for a two-day deployment, but the Environment Agency has warned water levels in the area could rise to “higher than current levels” over the coming weekend.

Environment Agency chief executive Paul Leinster said: “Oxford to Maidenhead we think could rise over the next five days and may lead to more flooding in that area.

“Below Maidenhead, the levels are holding at the current level but potentially over the weekend and going into the beginning of next week they could rise to higher than the current levels.”

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue also deployed two boat teams - a total of 12 firefighters and one officer - to assist with flood relief in the Reading area. The initial request is for a four-day deployment.