Originally Posted by Lukey
Is there anywhere where you can check on the state of the river either online or on the phone ?
The Environment Agency can give you the stream conditions. I've not used this service myself though, other than for booking angling trips.
For recorded information on Thames river conditions and strong
stream warnings contact Floodline on 0845 988 1188 and press 1 on
the keypad when prompted followed by the quickdial shortcut 011131.
This nugget is in the bottom right corner of the Visit Thames website see link:
There is a shed load of fresh coming down at the moment, so I'm not surprised it got a bit scary. I'd dig that lifejacket out anyway at this time of year, as the water temp is going to be about 9 degrees and you don't have the buoyancy that you would in saltwater.
Have fun next time, just avoid it after any sudden, heavy rainfall.