Flood warnings for Huntingdonshire dropped but several roads still closed

FLOOD warnings for Huntingdonshire have been dropped by the Environment Agency but some key roads remain blocked.

An emergency room was opened at Huntingdonshire District Council on Thursday (December 20) to help people with any with potential floods over Christmas and new year after 20mm of rain fell in the space of 12 hours.

Flood warnings were put in place in high risk areas along the Alconbury and Bury brooks, prompting HDC to move to “silver command” to monitor the situation with the Environment Agency over the festive period.

The authority will keep its emergency room open over the Christmas period and, if necessary, set up respite centres in case homes need to be evacuated.

Councillor Jason Ablewhite, executive leader of HDC, said: “We are well prepared and we are seen as an exemplary council for dealing with emergencies,” he said.

“We have previously sent officers to help in Norfolk when they have experienced floods, so we know how to deal with these situations. At the very least, people will be able to see that we will be trying to do something to help.”

A council spokesman said the control room had received one or two calls from concerned residents, but on Monday said no homes had been flooded.

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The dangers posed by the flood water, it seemed, were causing more concern to motorists. Rick Hylton, area commander for Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, urged people to be sensible.

“Driving through floodwater can be extremely dangerous as it is impossible to see how deep the water is or whether there are hazards under the water, which could damage your car and leave you stranded,” he said.

Despite the warning, a Steve’s Taxi driver chanced his luck through Mill Lane in Little Paxton on Sunday afternoon and became stuck. The road had been closed since Friday. Steve’s Taxis declined to comment.

The Low Road, between Fenstanton and St Ives, was closed by the Highways Agency on Friday in both directions. Mill Road, between Buckden and the Offords, and High Street, Earith, were also closed.

Flood warnings for Tilbrook, Kimbolton, Stonely and Great Staughton were still in place. Flood alerts, which are less severe, were put in place along parts of the River Great Ouse, including Brampton, parts of Hartford and Godmanchester, Fenstanton, the Hemingfords, Huntingdon, St Ives, Houghton and Wyton and Earith.