Residents in Marlborough are being evacuated from their homes by emergency service crews as the town has been submerged underwater.

Multiple fire, ambulance and police teams have been called out to the town to help residents out of their houses using boats.

Some residents have been seen fleeing on foot with suitcases as water levels rose and flooded homes.

Wiltshire Search & Rescue and Berkshire Search & Rescue teams have also confirmed that they have been called to the scene to help the South Western Ambulance Service evacuate elderly residents to places of safety.

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The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Residents are being escorted out of their homes on boats.Residents are being escorted out of their homes on boats. (Image: Steve Wallis)

On Friday, January 5, Marlborough Town Council announced that the town hall had been opened as a respite for flood victims as part of the town’s emergency response.

Speaking to The Gazette and Herald, Marlborough Mayor Coun Nicholas Fogg said:

"What we're seeing is unprecedented and the first for a lot of people in their lifetimes.

"A number of residents have been evacuated by boat to the town hall and others have gone to stay with relatives.

"The Town Council staff have done a wonderful job of getting things sorted and getting help to those who need it.

"The floods are now going down slowly and I am hoping to go and visit those staying in the town hall tomorrow," he added.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Marlborough Town Council have launched an emergency response.Marlborough Town Council have launched an emergency response. (Image: Marlborough Town Council)

London Road, The Parade, Kennet Place and Angel Yard are some of the worst affected areas of the town, and residents on these streets have been told to ‘Act now’.

“The Town Council is working closely with the emergency services and Wiltshire Council to respond to the flooding situation in Marlborough,” said a spokesperson for the Town Council.

Hundreds of flood warnings and alerts remain in place on Friday, and the Environment Agency has now said that ongoing impacts are likely over the next five days because the ground is “completely saturated”.