Af­ter the rains

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your - By AMY COLLETT news@pe­ter­bor­oughto­ @col­lettmossy

SE­VERE weather and flood warn­ings were is­sued yes­ter­day as heavy rain con­tin­ued to drench the city.

An emer­gency road clo­sure was set up and a week­end char­ity event can­celled as water lev­els along the River Nene reached a peak.

But the down­pours look set to ease over the next cou­ple of days, with ex­perts pre­dict­ing dry weather with sunny spells on Bank Hol­i­day Mon­day.

The En­vi­ron­ment Agency (EA) is­sued a flood warn­ing for North Bank Road along­side the River Nene, to the east of Peter­bor­ough and west of the Dog-in-a-dou­blet sluice, yes­ter­day morn­ing.

It said flood­ing was ex­pected at high tide from 6pm, and as a re­sult Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil put in place an emer­gency road clo­sure from 2pm.

A coun­cil spokesman said: “Due to the con­sis­tent rain and ris­ing water lev­els we de­cided our best op­tion was to close the road be­cause of the risk of it flood­ing.”

He said the clo­sure would re­main in place un­til this evening at least and could be ex­tended into the week­end de­pend­ing on ad­vice from the EA.

The road is closed from Storeys Bar Road to the Dog-in-a-dou­blet, with traf­fic di­verted via Fen­gate, Boon­gate, Frank Perkins Park­way, Stan­ground By­pass, A605, Or­chard Street, Whit­tle­sey and East Delph and also via the B1040, A47 and A1139.

Due to the flood­ing risk, EA of­fi­cers were also car­ry­ing out flood preven­tion work at Stan­ground Sluice yes­ter­day, chan­nelling water into Mor­ton’s Leam and into the Nene Washes.

The EA has also is­sued flood alerts, where flood­ing is pos­si­ble, for the River Nene near Wans­ford, Peter­bor­ough and the Ouse Washes at Wel­ney.

Else­where in the city, Whit­tle­sey Road in Stan­ground was be­ing badly af­fected by sur­face

(METP-03-05-12AS062) water as a re­sult of the rain, and un­der­passes in Lin­coln Road and Pas­ton were flooded.

The Met Of­fice is­sued a se­vere weather warn­ing for Peter­bor­ough yes­ter­day. A spokesman said: “To­tals of 20mm to 40mm of rain are likely in places, fall­ing on al­ready sat­u­rated ground. The public are ad­vised to be aware of the risk of some dis­rup­tion from sur­face water flood­ing.”

Mean­while, the Mayor of Peter­bor­ough’s char­ity Duck Race was can­celled fol­low­ing ad­vice from the EA that river lev­els were too high for it to go ahead.

Plas­tic ducks were due to be re­leased from Town Bridge in Peter­bor­ough at 3pm to­mor­row for the race which was to raise cash for Mayor of Peter­bor­ough Cllr Paula Thacker’s cho­sen char­i­ties – Kid­ney Re­search UK and the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion’s Women’s Sec­tion. The event is ex­pected to be resched­uled, although a date has yet to be fixed.

De­spite the con­tin­ued del­uge, the re­gion is still of­fi­cially in a drought and a hosepipe ban re­mains in force.

A spokesman for Anglian Water urged res­i­dents to con­tinue sav­ing water.

He said: “Clearly, rivers do rise in times of heavy rain but our is­sue is that the ground water is low and that’s where the ma­jor­ity of our water comes 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.”

flood gates: The En­vi­ron­ment Agency’s John Gud­jin open­ing the Stan­ground Sluice at Mor­ton’s Leam al­low­ing the Washes to flood all the way up to Ring’s End. Picture: ALAN STORER.

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