UPDATE 3.20PM: Flood warnings in place across Huntingdonshire
FLOOD warnings remain in place across Huntingdonshire this afternoon after heavy rainfall.
Rain continued to fall across the district today (Thursday, December 20), leading the Environment Agency to put out a notice saying areas along Alconbury Brook and Bury Brook are at risk.
“Due to saturated ground conditions and the overnight rainfall, levels in the Alconbury Brook have been rising and have now reached the flood warning trigger level,” a spokesman for the Environment Agency said earlier.
“We would advise residents in the area with property level protection measures to implement them.”
It also said “immediate action” was needed for people living near to the River Kym and said the B645, between Tilbrook and Stonely, was likely to flood.
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Flood warnings are now in place in Hamerton, Upton, Alconbury, Alconbury Weston, Ellington, King’s Ripton, Broughton, Wistow, Bury, Ramsey, Tilbrook, Kimbolton, Stonely and Great Staughton.
A lower risk flood alert is in place along parts of the River Great Ouse, including Brampton, parts of Hartford and Godmanchester, Fenstanton and Fen Drayton, the Hemingfords, Huntingdon, St Ives, Houghton and Wyton and Earith.
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“Due to the uneven surface of the roads, water may be deeper in places,” the Environment Agency spokesman said, adding that water levels within the Ouse Washes could rise again.
“We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as necessary.”
A spokesman for Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service said there had been 20mm of rain over Cambridgeshire between midnight and noon today.
The spokesman added that between eight and 15mm of rain is expected to fall throughout today until midnight, with a maximum of 2mm predicted for tomorrow (Friday, December 21).
Rick Hylton, area commander for the fire service, urged motorists to stay safe on the roads.
“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.