River levels around the five-and-a-half acre island in Sonning, Bucks, remained high as downpours battered swathes of the country. Many areas remained mired in floods as experts warned the chaos could continue for several days. The Environment Agency issued 70 flood warnings yesterday, meaning flooding is expected and immediate action required.
The rivers Severn and Avon burst their banks, leaving properties waterlogged in Worcestershire and Gloucestershire, where the market town of Tewkesbury was one of the worst-hit areas.
Residents were still battling to clear their homes in the Midlands and Yorkshire.
But despite some areas enduring their wettest ever autumn, much-needed relief has been forecast for flood-hit areas in the coming days.
Met Office spokeswoman Sophie Yeomans said more rain was expected but drier weather was on the way.
She said: “There is some rainfall around, but it’s looking light and patchy.
“There’s light cloud and rain around in some of the areas in the north of England and also down in Shropshire and the West Midlands.
“But there’s no long-lasting or heavy rain – it’s a good situation.”
The country could be set for a cold snap, however, with sub-zero temperatures across central Scotland today and lows of -9C (16F).
The mercury could fall to -3C in the South tonight, with temperatures across Britain expected to be colder than Scandinavia.
The Environment Agency issued flood warnings across the Midlands yesterday afternoon.
In a forecast of the flooding risk in England and Wales, a spokesman for the agency said: “River flooding is expected to continue in the Lower River Don washlands area in South Yorkshire, where properties will continue to flood and there will be continued travel disruption.”
Two inches of rain will fall this week, starting in the West today, with other parts including flood-hit Yorkshire affected from Thursday.
Communities in central and northern England continued the clean-up after being inundated following torrential rain last week, with a pumping operation under way to reduce water levels.
According to Severe Weather EU, the “collapse” of a polar vortex – an area of low pressure near the North pole – is the cause of the extreme weather.
Meteorologist Andrej Flis said: “The weakening of the stratospheric polar vortex is well underway.
“What all this means for our weather? Well, a collapsed vortex always greatly increases the chances for winter weather towards Europe.”