Flood water tips boat over on to its side

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your Telegraph - By BEN TRUSLOVE ben.truslove@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk @Et­ben­truslove

FLOOD water has tipped over a boat on the River Nene prompt­ing fur­ther warn­ings to own­ers.

The barge is now ly­ing in the water on its side but re­mains moored to the bank, close to the Frank Perkins Park­way bridge.

The En­vi­ron­ment Agency is now in talks with Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil, which owns the moor­ing, about re­cov­er­ing the boat and are ap­peal­ing for in­for­ma­tion about the owner.

A spokes­woman for the agency said: “At the mo­ment we are try­ing to con­tact the owner of the boat.

“We are also speak­ing to the coun­cil, which is re­spon­si­ble for the moor­ing, about what hap­pens next.

“There is strong cur­rent ad­vice in place at the mo­ment which means peo­ple shouldn’t take boats out into the water.

“We ad­vise boat own­ers to sign up to the phone and email ser­vice so they re­ceive the warn­ings.”

The flood­ing is the re­sult of rain­fall dur­ing the wettest April on record when three times the av­er­age monthly rain­fall fell. Last month 98.7mm of rain­fall fell com­pared with just 3.4mm a year ago.

It prompted flood­ing warn­ings along stretches of the River Nene, clos­ing North Bank and the B1040 at Thor­ney.

Those warn­ings, which closed the roads cut­ting off the Dog in a Dou­blet pub, were lifted late on Tues­day evening.

Warn­ings re­main in place for the Hun­dred Foot Washes, south of War- boys and Chat­teris, but more rain is ex­pected in the com­ing days.

Mean­while a Strong Stream Ad­vice (SSA) no­tice has been is­sued for the River Nene and locks re­main closed to nav­i­ga­tion while water is let through to the sea to pre­vent flood­ing.

The En­vi­ron­ment Agency spokes­woman said: “There has been a lot of rain­fall which has raised river lev­els, push­ing water onto the flood


“We are ex­pect­ing quite a bit of rain to come. Although it has not been pre­dicted over Peter­bor­ough it is not an ex­act sci­ence

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the up­turned boat should call 03708 506 506. For flood warn­ings visit www.en­vi­ron­ment-agency.gov.uk or check lo­cal news. For SSA no­tices call 0845 988 1188 and en­ter the River Nene code 032112.

sink­ing feel­ing: The En­vi­ron­ment Agency would like to know who owns this boat on the River Nene in Peter­bor­ough.

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