River levels expected to drop after 12-hour deluge causes flooding in Huntingdonshire
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About a month’s worth of rain fell over Cambridgeshire in just 12 hours between Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the Environment Agency.
In excess of 35mm is reported to have fallen onto already sodden ground, causing widespread problems for both homeowners and road users in Huntingdonshire and across the county.
Homes in Alconbury were particularly badly hit, with Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service called in to help people leave their homes. And there were road closures on the A14, A1, and on roads in Little Paxton and Kimbolton.
Huntingdon Racecourse was left under water and sporting fixtures across the district were cancelled.
But the forecast is set to improve over the weekend, with no further significant rainfall predicted until next week.
A spokesman for the Environment Agency said: “The forecast is dry after today until next week so we will see the situation improving and river levels will start to go down.
“Flood support officers have been out visiting areas that have been affected flooding to help and advise local communities. We also have teams on the ground carrying out maintenance and checking defences to reduce risk.
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“Due to rising waters on the Ouse Washes a flood alert is also in force for the hundred foot washes. The agency will be monitoring the situation with regard to the Welney Causeway (A1101) and liaising with Norfolk County Council about whether or not the road will need to close.”
For further detail on the alerts and warnings issued, people can visit our website www.gov.uk/flood which is updated every 15 minutes.
You can keep up to date with flood warnings for your area via the website www.gov.uk/check-if-you-are-at-risk-of-flooding or by calling Floodline 0800 988 1188