Flood water tips boat over on to its side
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
PICTURE: ALAN STORER plains.
“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.