Floods wreak havoc

DRIVERS abandoned their cars as flooded roads became impassable in Alconbury on Saturday. Spartan Rescue, the water safety emergency service, reported several cars being abandoned on flooded roads near to the brook in Alconbury, which had burst its banks

DRIVERS abandoned their cars as flooded roads became impassable in Alconbury on Saturday.

Spartan Rescue, the water safety emergency service, reported several cars being abandoned on flooded roads near to the brook in Alconbury, which had burst its banks after heavy rain.

The Environment Agency on Saturday issued a flood warning for Ellington, Hamerton and the Alconburys, while Hamerton Road and North Road in Alconbury were closed. Five houses in Alconbury requested sandbags as the water neared properties, but there were no reports of homes being flooded.

Huntingdonshire District Council said it monitored water levels over the weekend using CCTV cameras in both Alconbury and St Ives.


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A spokesman said: "If we know that a place is at risk of flooding we can dial up and monitor the river levels. This helps us to react quickly at times of flooding."

Elsewhere in the district, Huntingdon Racecourse in Brampton had to cancel its weekend fixture because a nearby brook had burst its bank and flooded the racecourse. Visitors to the Dolphin Hotel in St Ives were forced to leave their cars in the town centre on Monday as the hotel car park remained flooded.

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The flood warning for the Alconburys was expected to remain in place for the next few days with the Met Office predicting wet and windy weather.

INFORMATION: For flood warnings and advice contact the Environment Agency flood line on 0845 9881188.

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