Pub beer fest hit by road flood warn­ings

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS - By STEPHEN BRIGGS stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk @Et­stephenb

A PUB’S char­ity beer fes­ti­val was left washed out af­ter flood warn­ings closed ac­cess roads.

The Dog in a Dou­blet pub. alon­side the River Nene be­tween Peter­bor­ough and Whit­tle­sey, staged the fes­ti­val to raise money for the Have a Heart ap­peal this week­end.

But as con­tin­u­ous rain meant a ris­ing river level, En­vi­ron­ment Agency of­fi­cials slapped a flood warn­ing on the ac­cess roads and closed them to mo­torists.

The warn­ings are for the North Bank Road, along the River Nene, and the B1040 at Thor­ney to Whit­tle­sey Road, and were is­sued af­ter a record break­ing amount of rain fell in April.

But land­lord John Mcginn said there was no need for the roads to be closed.

He said: “The roads have been closed for about a week, but not one part of the roads have been flooded.

“You can see the water level is higher than nor­mal, but it would be nice if the au­thor­i­ties could keep an eye on it and only close the road when it is needed to be closed.

“We did 170 cov­ers for Sun­day lunch, but for the band on Sun­day night we had just 30 peo­ple.

“I don’t want peo­ple to take risks but there is no need for the road to be closed. There is also al­ways a way to get to the pub, even if the main road is closed.”

Mr Mcginn, who re-opened the pub in De­cem­ber last year, said he had been told about the prob­lems by pre­vi­ous own­ers, but this was the first time he had ex­pe­ri­enced them since tak­ing over.

A spokes­woman for The En­vi­ron­ment Agency said is­su­ing the flood warn­ings was es­sen­tial.

She said: “We had 300 per cent more rain­fall in April com­pared to the year on year av­er­age.

“The flood warn­ings at this time of year are not un­prece­dented but it is rare to see.

“The water is flow­ing off hard sur­faces, like roads, into the river.

“It is only just start­ing to soak through the soil into the un­der­ground water sup­plies, which will be good for eas­ing the drought.

“If you are con­cerned about flood­ing in your neigh­bour­hood, then keep check­ing our web­site, www.en­vi­ron­ment-agency.gov.uk, or call the Flood­line on 0845 988 1188.”

char­ity event: Dog in a Dou­blet own­ers John Mcginn and Della Mills.

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