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A resident cycles through water after the river Thames flooded the village of Datchet, Berkshire Reuters

Video clips have emerged showing the full scale of the flooding that has swamped towns and villages across a growing swathe of England.

Residents have filmed the devastation wrought by rising waters after parts of the River Thames rose to the highest level on record in 30 years.

Communities along the Thames, particularly in Berkshire and Surrey, have been warned by the Environment Agency to expect further severe property flooding from the Thames today and into Tuesday.

The agency has issued 14 severe flood warnings along the Thames from Datchet to Shepperton Green, including Ham Court and Chertsey.

Two severe flood warnings remain in force at Saltmoor and Northmoor, including Moorland, and for the A361, East Lyng to Burrowbridge, as flooding continues on the Somerset Levels.

According to the Environment Agency, southern England has had the wettest January on record, following the wettest December for 50 years.

Insurance companies are bracing themsleves for a bill that could be as high as £500m.

Amid the destructiuon the body of a kayaker was found in the River Usk in Powys, Wales.

Gareth Lockyer, 34, from Warwick, became separated from the group he was with at Llangynidr, near Crickhowell, on Sunday.