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Swamped villagers summon wartime spirit as Thames floods

Published on Feb 11, 2014 6:21 AM
Railway workers are seen crossing the tracks after the river Thames flooded the railway in the village of Datchet, southern England on Feb 10, 2014. Residents of a village west of London evoked the wartime spirit that got the British capital through the Blitz as they faced freak floods after the Thames burst its banks, but there was frustration at the lack of official help. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

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In normally tranquil Wraysbury, villagers have rallied round after houses were swamped by floods that are expected to worsen later in the week.

"There's a good community spirit, but there's had to be because we've had no help from outside. You have to get on with it," said local resident John Francis, a scuba diver who was dressed for the occasion, togged up in his dry suit.

"The Environment Agency hasn't been particularly helpful. They've been concentrating on other areas. We could have done with more support." Mr Francis had been out checking what would normally be dry land, but had to pull back because the current was too strong.

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