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Swindon Advertiser: Flooding at Ashbury Crossing, Shrivenham Flooding at Ashbury Crossing, Shrivenham

THE DAILY deluge of rain is finally falling back after two weeks of disruptive weather.

Yesterday morning many commuters were hit with severe delays as rain pummelled down on Swindon.

Flooding between Swindon and Bristol Parkway caused delays for rail passengers of up to 15 minutes between London Paddington and Cardiff Central during the afternoon.

The Environment Agency issued a flood warning along the River Ray, which despite returning back within its banks in many locations, remains sensitive to any further rain.

Although Tadpole Lane in North Swindon was one of the worst affected areas of the flooding, Uplands School managed to survive the rising waters.

Lorna Braid, Marketing and PR Manager at Uplands, said: “We did see that Tadpole Lane had been flooded but we haven’t been affected by it.

“I think it all happened one lunch time when we were all inside the school, and it had cleared by the time the school day had finished and the buses came to take them home.”

St Lawrence C of E Primary School in Lechlade has also missed the worst of the damage, thanks to the school’s positioning above the river.

Headteacher Nicola Morris said: “It hasn’t actually affected us at all because we are a little bit above the river. We have an amazing view out over the surrounding areas which have been flooded.

“We also haven’t had any problems with children getting in to school.”

Although the worst of the rain has eased, residents can expect a mixture of showers with sunny intervals throughout the rest of the week.

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Today residents can enjoy a fair bit of sunshine, although the morning will be particularly windy with gusts of up to 30mph.

Temperatures will linger between 8C and 9C, although it will feel a cooler 6C.

Overnight into Thursday, the weather will take another down turn, with heavy rain expected.

During the morning residents can expect lighter showers with sunny intervals, and westerly gusts of wind of up to 30mph during lunch time.

During the afternoon and early evening temperatures will drop to highs of 6C, which will feel more like 3C.

By the time Friday comes around, temperatures will drop to 3C, but it is likely to feel closer to -1, with the wind chill.

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