The River Thames has burst its banks after reaching its highest level in years, flooding riverside towns upstream of London.

The Environment Agency has issued 14 severe flood warnings — meaning there's a danger to life — along the affluent Thames corridor, east of Windsor.

There were no flood alerts for the part of the river that flows through London. That tidal stretch is protected by the Thames Barrier, a series of giant metal gates that can be closed to protect the city from surges.

England has had its wettest January since 1766.

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A resident cycles through water after the river Thames flooded the village of Datchet, BerkshireReuters
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A 'Road Closed' sign is partially submerged in Walton-on-Thames, 15 miles south west of central LondonGetty
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The river Thames inundates a graveyard at All Saints Church in Marlow, BuckinghamshireReuters
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A swan swims in sight of Windsor Castle in EtonGetty
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A residents' parking sign along a flooded road in Walton-on-ThamesGetty
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The front gate to a house is seen surrounded by water after the river Thames flooded the village of WraysburyReuters
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Beatrix Thurner and Ruby the dog are evacuated from a flooded house in Datchet, BerkshireGetty
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Railway workers cross the flooded tracks in the village of DatchetReuters
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A skip containing old carpets destroyed by the previous flood in January is seen surrounded by water in the village of WraysburyReuters
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Nigel Gray leaves his home in Wraysbury by rowing boatReuters
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Brian Eves is rescued from his house after the river Thames flooded the village of Wraysbury, BerkshireReuters
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A Fire and Rescue crew help evacuate residents from flood-affected homes in Walton-on-Thames, SurreyGetty
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Residents leave their flood-affected home in Walton-on-Thames, SurreyGetty
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Swan swim in a lane near where the river Thames has burst its banks in EtonGetty
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Flood water continues to rise on the Datchet village green after the river Thames burst its banksGetty
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A rainbow is seen over the O2 Arena, near the Thames flood barrier, which protects the capital from floodingDavid Sim