Thames flood: army and Environment Agency’s response leaves locals divided

Guardian: Neil Lemon stood at the end of his back garden and shrugged his shoulders. "Nervous? No, not really. Well not with that there," he said, nodding at the glistening steel barricade that had materialised on a nearby patch of grassland bordering the Thames. Through the night and during Saturday morning, soldiers from the Gurkhas and the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment had erected the barrier in a race to save Penton Avenue, in the Surrey town of Staines. This is the frontline in the battle with the swollen......

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