Christmas flood risk

Areas in the East have been advised to take precautions against flooding over the Christmas and New Year period.

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Latest on Flood Warnings in the Anglia region

High water levels on the River Great Ouse in St Ives in Cambridgeshire on Thursday 27 December 2012 Credit: Chris Warner / ITV Anglia

The Environment Agency still has 13 Flood Warnings and 45 Flood Alerts in force across the Anglia region as the wet weather continues over the Christmas period.

Today's rain will clear the east of the Anglia region during the early afternoon although more rain is expected by tomorrow morning.

Most of the Flood Warnings are along the River Nene in Northamptonshire and Cambridgeshire. Credit: Environment Agency

Click here for the list of Flood Warnings in the Anglia region.

Latest flood warnings in the Anglia region

The Environment Agency still has 17 Flood Warnings in force across the Anglia region as more rain is forecast over the next few days.

There are also 51 of the lower level Flood Alerts in place across the region.

The maps below show that the worst affected areas are Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Essex.

Early indications suggest that 2012 could be the wettest on record in East Anglia following on from 2011 which was the driest year since 1921.

Flood warnings in force in Essex at 7.15am on Thursday 27 December 2012 Credit: Environment Agency
Flood Warnings in force in Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire at 7.15 am on 27 December 2012 Credit: Environment Agency

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Fire service says drivers still ignoring flood warnings

Flooding still a problem Credit: ITV Anglia

Essex Fire Service have had to rescue several motorists who have ignored warning signs and driven into floods. One driver called to say he was stuck just past a road closure sign!

Throughout the weekend, firefighters have been urging motorists to use common sense and not put themselves in danger by driving through flooded roads. Last night seven people had to be rescued from two vehicles in Margaretting. Others have been rescued at Orphans Hill and Dunmow.

The Fire Service say they handled dozens of similar calls during Christmas Day.

Latest flood warnings in the Anglia region

The Environment Agency still has 17 Flood Warnings and 50 Flood Alerts in force across the Anglia region.

As the maps below show, the warnings are clustered in Essex, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire.

More rain is forecast over the next few days.

Flood warnings in force in Essex at 8am on Boxing Day Credit: Environment Agency

Click here for the latest Anglia Weather forecast.

There are full details of all the flooding information on the Environment Agency website.

Flood warnings in force in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire at 8am on Boxing Day Credit: Environment Agency

More rain adds to flooding problems

A band of rain lies across the northern half of the Anglia region at 9 am on Christmas Eve Credit: Met Office

More rain is forecast for the Anglia region over the Christmas period adding to flooding problems on many rivers in Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.

Stowe in Buckinghamshire recorded 53 mm of rain in the four days from Wednesday to Saturday which is nearly the normal amount expected to fall in the whole of December.

After starting with a drought, 2012 in the Anglia region looks like ending up as the wettest year for more than a decade.

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Flood warning update

At 8am on Christmas Eve there were 13 Flood Warnings and 44 Flood Alerts in force across the Anglia region. The Environment Agency website has full details or you can call the Floodline on 0845 988 1188.

As the map below shows, the Flood Warnings in the Anglia region are mostly clustered in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire.

There are still 13 flood warnings in place in the Anglia region as some places have seen a month's worth of rain in a week. Credit: Environment Agency

Flood warning maps

The Environment Agency has 22 Flood Warnings and 53 Flood Alerts in force across the Anglia region on Sunday morning.

At 10am on Sunday 23 December there were 22 flood warnings in force in the Anglia region Credit: Environment Agency
At 10am on Sunday 23 December there were 22 flood warnings in force in the Anglia region Credit: Environment Agency

More flood warnings in the Anglia region

The Environment Agency issued more flood warnings in the Anglia region overnight on Saturday. Although Sunday will remain largely dry more rain will spread in from the south during Sunday evening and overnight. Click here for the latest Anglia Weather.

These are the latest flood warnings:

  • River Gipping downstream of Needham Market to Bramford in Suffolk
  • River Gipping from the A14 to Needham Market in Suffolk
  • River Great Ouse at Bromham in Bedfordshire
  • River Avon at Stanford on Avon in Northamptonshire
  • Riverside properties in Chelmsford including the cricket ground
  • The Mardyke from North Stifford to Purfleet in Essex
  • River Colne from Castle Hedingham to upstream of Halstead in Essex
  • River Brain from Black Notley to Witham in Essex
  • The Shelfords and Hauxton in Cambridgeshire
  • The Wendling Beck from Wendling to Worthing in Norfolk
  • River Colne from Halstead to Lexden in Essex

Click here for more flood warnings.

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