On a bright, chilly morning, in contrast to the storm-lashed week before, it was possible to get out and about around the Little Britain Lake area of Cowley and assess the damage on Sunday.

Not that all areas could be accessed: in several places the footpaths around the popular beauty spot were under water, requiring a detour.

 

The River Colne and the lake became one, pictured above, as the waters rose to cover a path that normally stands a good three feet above the water level.

 

Elsewhere, workers from Scottish and Southern Electricity were out repairing electricity cables brought down by a tree which fell across Old Mill Lane, taking a utility pole with it in the recent high winds, to the accompaniment of the throb of a generator which the company had provided to supply affected properties.

Sunday's fine morning was a brief respite: heavy rain returned in the afternoon and this morning (Monday), with more forecast. River levels are high and there is a flood alert on the lower River Colne and Fray's River at Uxbridge and West Drayton, meaning flooding to lower lying land, roads and gardens next to the river is possible, according to the Environment Agency.

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