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UK floods go from bad to worse as Thames River bursts its banks (PHOTOS)
Monday, February 10th, 2014

Britain's devastating floods are set to go from bad to worse.

The Thames River burst its banks after reaching its highest level in years on Monday and weather forecasters predicted more rain across England and Wales in the coming days.

More from GlobalPost: 5 things you need to know about the UK floods

Large swathes of the UK have been under water for weeks and many people have been forced to abandon their homes as floodwaters continue to rise. 

As of Monday, the Environment Agency had issued 16 severe flood warnings — which means there's a danger to life. Two of the warnings were in Somerset county, while 14 were along the Thames in the counties of Berkshire and Surrey.

Around 76 lesser flood warnings were issued across southern England.

The floods have also caused a political storm, with the government facing criticism over its alleged failure to dredge rivers and take other preventative measures.

Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday defended the government's response to the floods, saying it was doing "every single thing we can" in what he said "is a very tough situation caused by some of the most severe weather we've seen for many, many years."

Listen to Cameron's comments in this video via The Telegraph.

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This aerial shot taken on Feb. 10, 2014, shows flooded houses in the village of Moorland in Somerset, England. Most residents have reportedly abandoned their homes.

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Floodwater surrounds a farmhouse on the Somerset Levels near the town of Bridgwater on Feb. 10, 2014. A large part of the region in southwestern England remains under water, and whole villages have been cut off for weeks.

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Workers build flood defenses around a house in the flood-hit village of Moorland on the Somerset Levels on Feb. 10, 2014. Thousands of acres of the region in southwestern England have been under water for weeks and more rain is forecast in the coming days.

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Two swans swim in a flooded lane near where the River Thames burst its banks on Feb. 10, 2014, in Eton, England. The Environment Agency has issued severe flood warnings for 14 areas along the river, which has breached its banks in a number of places and is threatening to inundate nearby communities.

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Residents abandon their flooded homes in the town of Walton-on-Thames on the River Thames, England, on Feb. 10, 2014. Severe flood warnings have been issued for 14 areas along the river, which has burst its banks in a number of places.

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Two boys paddle a boat in a flooded street in the village of Dachet on the River Thames, England, on Feb. 10, 2014. Severe flood warnings have been issued for 14 areas in the counties of Berkshire and Surrey in southeast England, while another two remain in the southwestern county of Somerset. The River Thames has burst its banks in a number of places and threatens to inundate nearby communities.

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Residents evacuate their homes in the village of Wraysbury, Berkshire, on Feb. 10, 2014. The Environment Agency has issued 16 severe flood warnings for southern England after the River Thames burst its banks in a number of places, threatening to inundate nearby communities.

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Electricity workers unload sandbags to protect a substation in the village of Dachet, Berkshire, as floodwater continues to rise after the River Thames burst its banks on Feb. 10, 2014.

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A resident leaves his home in the flood-hit village of Shepperton, Surrey, after the River Thames breached its banks in a number of places on Feb. 10, 2014.

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A man wades past swans swimming in a flooded street of Walton-on-Thames in Surrey on Feb. 10, 2014.

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