Floods, but still a drought

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

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

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