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Flood warnings in place for Cambridgeshire following heavy rainfall





Flood warnings and alerts are in place across Cambridgeshire after Storm Henk brought flooding and disruption to the county.

There are 17 flood warnings and 32 alerts in place for Cambridgeshire as river levels steadily rise following the heavy rainfall overnight.

Flood warnings and alerts are in place across Cambridgeshire
Flood warnings and alerts are in place across Cambridgeshire

A number of the flood warnings are for the River Great Ouse, with Eaton Socon, Eynesbury, Eaton Ford, and St Neots impacted.

These communities are warned that flooding is expected, and river levels will remain high over the next few days.

Areas most at risk are School Lane and Wheatsheaf Road in Eaton Socon, Wren Walk, Hardwick Road and St Marys Street in Eynesbury, St Neots Road, Mill Hill Road and Cross Hall Road in Eaton Ford, High Street, Priory Road, New Street, Hawthorn Road and Leys Road in St Neots.

Flooding on Mill Lane between St Neots and Little Paxton, Cambridgeshire, following heavy rainfall Picture: James Beech/PA
Flooding on Mill Lane between St Neots and Little Paxton, Cambridgeshire, following heavy rainfall Picture: James Beech/PA

There are further flood warnings for the River Great Ouse at Southoe, Buckden and The Offords, Brampton, Godmanchester, Huntingdon and Hartford. A flood alert, which means flooding is possible, is in place for the River Great Ouse from Brampton to Earith.

Areas most at risk of flooding around Cambridge include the lower part of the River Cam, which is under a flood alert, along the stretch between Stapleford and Waterbeach.

Meanwhile, a further flood alert remains in place for the upper River Cam from Newport in Essex to Whittlesford in Cambridgeshire.

Cottenham Lode including Oakington Brook, Wash Pit Brook and Beck Brook are also subject to a flood alert, with water levels rising.

Data from the Environment Agency shows almost every river in England to be exceptionally high with some rivers reaching their highest flow on record.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has also issued a yellow cold weather alert from 9am on Saturday until 12pm on January 12.

The Met Office said the cold snap will be caused by high pressure building over the UK into next week, with drivers urged to be cautious of ice.

The UKHSA said: “A brisk easterly wind developing across the south over the weekend will make it feel much colder, with the added wind chill.

“Temperatures are likely to be a few degrees below average, across much of the UK, especially overnight, with more widespread frosts than of late.

“Ice is likely to be an issue for many given the very wet ground in most areas. It is probable this cold spell may last well into the following week.”

Stefan Laeger, flood duty manager at the Environment Agency, said flood impacts were expected to continue in parts of England over the next five days despite a change to drier weather, as “rivers and groundwater levels remain high”.



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