The government has sent out a severe flood warning for River Kennet from Theale down to Reading, with residents claiming they have been contacted with the alert.

In a recent update to the flood map, the government has stated “Property flooding is expected.

“River levels are rising on the River Kennet following recent heavy rainfall. Therefore, flooding of property and roads is expected today, January 5.”

Those in properties at risk of flooding have been called via landline or mobile updating them on the current situation.

The statement from the government continued: “This morning is forecast to be mainly dry, followed by further showers this evening and overnight which have the potential to be heavy at times.

“We expect river levels to continue rising today and will remain high over the coming days as water moves downstream through the catchment.”

There have also been reports of text messages coming through advising residents at risk of their homes flooding to move all belongings upstairs and take vehicles to high ground.

The statement concluded: “We are monitoring the situation. Activate any property flood protection products such as flood barriers.”

“Go to the 'River and Sea levels in England' webpage for current river levels. Be aware of flooded roads, do not drive through floodwater.”