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Flood warnings issued after heavy weekend rain

The Environment Agency has issued several flood warnings after a day of heavy rain. Photo: Chris Ison/PA Archive

The Environment Agency has issued several flood warnings in the Anglia region after a day of heavy rain.

  • River Wid from Ingatestone to Writtle in Essex
  • River Nene at Cogenhoe Mill Caravan Site in Northamptonshire
  • Bury Brook from Kings Ripton to Ramsey in Cambridgeshire
  • River Great Ouse at Newport Pagnell near Milton Keynes.

River Wid from Ingatestone to Writtle in Essex

Flooding is expected for Stock Lane, Ingatestone is at risk and properties at Hylands Mill and around Writtle Bridge.

River Nene at Cogenhoe Mill Caravan Site in Northamptonshire

Flooding is expected for the River Nene at Cogenhoe Mill Caravan Site for the remainder of Sunday and all Monday. Heavy and persistent rainfall during today, falling on to already saturated catchments upstream, has caused River Nene levels to rise quickly. Northampton Washlands are beginning to fill. We expect low lying areas of Cogenhoe Mill Caravan park to be affected by rising river levels. Levels are likely to stay high for at least the next 24 hours.

Bury Brook from Kings Ripton to Ramsey in Cambridgeshire

Flooding is expected for King's Ripton, Broughton, Wistow, Bury and Ramsey. Levels in the Bury Brook from Kings Ripton to Ramsey are continuing to rise. The forecast for this evening is for isolated showers these may cause river levels to rise further.

River Great Ouse at Newport Pagnell near Milton Keynes

Flooding is expected for areas along the River Great Ouse near to North Bridge and Woad Farm.

Julian Mayes, a forecaster with MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said: "It's not exceptional rainfall, but the last two weeks have been fairly wet and it's falling onto saturated ground which means the effect is more immediate. Most southern counties had more than 15mm. But the weather will turn drier and we should see an improvement for any flooding problems this week."

Mr Mayes said there were reports of at least 3cm of snow in hilly areas, but he added that it did not fall for very long.

Braintree Town's game against Tranmere Rovers' at Cressing Road was abandoned due to water logged pitch. Credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport

Football matches were also affected, as FA Cup ties at non-league Braintree Town, Essex and Gloucester City were postponed due to waterlogged pitches.

Braintree were due to play in a televised game against League One leaders Tranmere Rovers, whose supporters' coaches began the journey from Merseyside at 5.30am. Tranmere fan Glyn Lancefield, 30, from Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, said they were frustrated that the game was postponed just one hour before kick off, after already completing the five-hour journey.

"Some people are really annoyed," he said. "I woke up at 4.30am so it's been a really long day.

I wish they would have made the decision earlier so we could have turned back on the motorway. Everyone is tired and now we've got another long journey home without seeing any football."

Meanwhile forecasters are advising people to wrap up warm if they are going to a Bonfire Night fireworks display on Monday.

Mr Mayes said: "Maximum temperatures will be between 6-9C (43-48F) nationwide, which is a few degrees below average for November.

"We're looking at around 4-5C (39-41F) across much of the country by mid-evening so it will feel quite chilly."

Advice from the Environment Agency:

  • Act now to protect yourself and your property.
  • If it's safe to do so, block doors with flood boards or sandbags and cover airbricks and other ventilation holes.
  • If you are caught in a flash flood, get to higher ground. Stay away from flood water and don't take risks.
  • Move family, pets and valuables to a safe place.
  • Keep a flood kit ready including a torch, batteries, fully charged mobile phone, warm clothes, water, food and any prescription medicines you may need.
  • If it's safe, make sure your neighbours are aware of the situation and offer help to anyone who may need it.
  • Avoid walking, cycling or driving through flood water.
  • Turn off gas, electricity and water if your property is about to flood. Never touch an electrical switch if you are standing in water.
  • Call Floodline on 0845 988 1188 for up-to-date flooding information.