UPDATE: About 10 homes flood and number of roads shut as Huntingdonshire is hit with heavy rainfall

09:48 07 February 2014

Flooding at The Dolphin Hotel, St Ives

Flooding at The Dolphin Hotel, St Ives


About 10 homes in a Huntingdonshire have flooded and a number of roads have been closed after heavy rainfall.

Floodwater was coming off the fields and had affected a number of properties in Warboys Road, Old Hurst. Firefighters from Ramsey and Huntingdon pumped water out of two domestic and one commercial property where there was a risk to life due to electrical issues.

Specialist trained in-water firefighters tried to unblock a drainage system to help release water.

One lane of the A141 westbound at Spittals Way, Huntingdon, is closed. Mill Lane, Little Paxton, Bridge Road in Broughton and Hamerton Road, Alconbury Weston, are also shut.

Other closures are affecting Mill Road and High Street, Alconbury and Waresley Road, Great Gransden.

A Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said they received two calls overnight and six calls during Friday about flooding, but firefighters did not attend.

There are two flood warnings - where immediate action is required - affecting Ellington, Hamerton and the Alconburys as well as King’s Ripton, Broughton, Wistow, Bury and Ramsey.

The Environment Agency has also issued four flood alerts for the Alconbury and Ellington and Bury brooks, as well as the River Great Ouse and River Kym.

Further rainfall is expected throughout today and tomorrow, weather forecasters say.

The Met Office’s chief forecaster said: “Another area of low pressure will bring spells of heavy rain to southern parts of the UK during Thursday and early Friday, with 15 to 25mm of rain falling widely and locally 40mm in southern England and south Wales.

“As the low pressure moves eastwards, strong west to northwesterly winds, with gusts of 50-60 mph, will affect exposed parts of southwest England during the early hours of Friday and possibly the coasts of Sussex and Kent later in the morning.

“A further Atlantic frontal system will bring a band of rain quickly eastwards during Friday night and early Saturday, with the heaviest rain again likely to be across parts of southern England and south Wales, followed in turn by heavy showers. Winds will also be a feature with severe gales possible around coasts in the south and southwest of England.”

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