It is 10 years to the day that unprecedented levels of rain caused severe flooding in Thatcham and other parts of West Berkshire.
More than 1,100 homes in Thatcham were hit by the floods on July 20, 2007 as a massive rainstorm caused surface water to run down the hills to the north of the town into the properties below.
It is estimated that three times the average July monthly rainfall hit Thatcham in just 24 hours.
Since then work has been carried out to improve Thatcham’s flood defences to try and ensure there isn’t a repeat of that devastating day in 2007, with water retention basins being dug at strategic points surrounding the town.
Thatcham’s mayor Ellen Crumly and her husband Richard saw the lower floor of their house in Cold Ash underwater in 2007.
She said: “It was really scary, I was trapped on the A34 because there was a landslide and we couldn’t get through, and my husband couldn’t get home to check on our house because he couldn’t get across the A34.
“When we got home we found our lower floor had been flooded, so we had some damage on our house as well.
“It was very scary but the community pulled together, which is what people in Thatcham tend to do, pull together on the day and indeed afterwards.
“I think it took some people probably up to a year to get back in their houses, there was quite a lot of work needed.”
The first flood basin has been completed at Cold Ash Hill, while work has started on a second on land just off Tull Way. A third basin on land to the north of Floral Way has been given planning approval, while there are plans for a fourth to be constructed in the Francis Baily area of south east Thatcham.
All four are intended to prevent water running off the hillsides surrounding north Thatcham from reaching the homes below.
Aside from Thatcham, large parts of West Berkshire saw severe flooding in July 2007, including Newbury town centre, Vodafone’s headquarters, and at the Atomic Weapons Establishment in Burghfield.
Thousands of homes across the country were affected, with more than £6billion of damage estimated to have been caused.