Floods, but still a drought
ONE of the wettest days of the year saw more than 13mm of rain fall on Peterborough causing the River Nene to burst its banks and some roads to flood.
But despite the downpour on Sunday, the region is officially still in drought and a hosepipe ban remains in force.
Large pools of water covered Bishop’s Road, while Welland Road was also badly hit making travelling difficult for motorists.
The banks of the Nene overflowed near Railworld making the area hazardous for a time, and a blocked drainage pipe caused flooding in Hollowsides Road, Hampton Vale.
Sailors with Peterborough Yacht Club were told the currents were too strong in the river for boating as locks were opened in a bid to direct thousands of gallons of rainwater into the sea.
The deluge prompted warnings from experts while Anglian Water, which supplies homes and businesses in the region, is still urging residents to save water.
A spokesman from the company said: “The Nene is known as a flash river. It goes up and down very quickly when it rains, and clearly rivers do rise in times of heavy rain.
“Our issue is that the ground water is low and that’s where the majority of our water is from.
“We are pleased it has rained and we are making the most of it by taking as much water out of the rivers as possible. But three wet weeks doesn’t make up for two dry years.”
The Environment Agency hasn’t issued a warning for the city but said residents should remain alert to any possible changes.
Peterborough City Council was contacted by 11 people concerned about floods but no reports of damage.
A spokeswoman said most of the areas were clear yesterday and just needed time to drain away.
More rain was predicted over night last night and again today.
A cyclist pedals warily through flood waters from the River Nene, which have washed over a cycle path
HIGH AND DRY: A walker has to climb on to barriers in a bid to get over water which has flooded from the River Nene across a path
deluge: The heavy rain has swollen the waters at Orton Mere
WARNING: Water covers Bishops Road, in Peterborough