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Flood Alert in force: Middle Nene

Flood Alert in force: Middle Nene

A Flood Alert has been issued by the Environment Agency.

Flooding is possible for: River Nene between Cogenhoe and Wansford.

Be prepared.

Over the last 24 hours we have seen heavy rainfall in the River Nene area. This means that the River Nene is now rising, which will lead to flooding of low-lying land and roads close to the river from the early morning of Friday 10th March 2023 onwards. We expect the river to remain high throughout the next few days and flooding to gardens, driveways or outhouses is possible close to the river. Our forecasts indicate that flooding inside properties isn't likely and therefore flood warnings are not expected to be issued at this time. Further rainfall is expected this morning. We are constantly monitoring river levels and have staff in the field checking for blockages and clearing weedscreens. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded.

To check the latest information for your area

* Visit the GOV.UK website to see the current flood warnings, view river and sea levels or check the 5-day flood risk forecast:

* Or call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 using quickdial code: 207023.

* Follow @EnvAgency and #floodaware on Twitter.

* Tune into weather, news and travel bulletins on local television and radio.

What you should consider doing now

* Monitor local water levels and weather conditions.

* Get ready to act on your flood plan if you have one.

* Move your car or other vehicles to higher ground, if it is safe to do so.

* Prepare a flood kit of essential items including a torch with spare batteries, mobile phone and charger, warm clothes, home insurance documents, water, food, first aid kit and any prescription medicines or baby care items you may need.

* Check that you know how to turn off your gas, electricity and water mains supplies.

* In rural locations, farmers should consider moving livestock and equipment away from areas likely to flood.

* Avoid walking, cycling or driving through flood water. 30 cm of fast-flowing water can move a car and 6 inches can knock an adult off their feet.

* Flood water is dangerous and may be polluted. Wash your hands thoroughly if you've been in contact with it.

Posted: Fri, 10 Mar 2023 08:46 by Rebecca

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