Storm hits Christmas plans in the Anglia region

Travellers are being warned of travel disruption over the Christmas period following heavy rain and strong winds.

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Flood Warning issued for Brampton in Cambridgeshire

A Flood Warning has been issued by the Environment Agency for Brampton.

The areas affected are: Bromholme Lane, Buckden Road, Allens Orchard, Hawkes End, Lenton Close, Layton Crescent, Park Road, roads off of Centenary Way, Elizabethan Way, West End, Hansell Road and properties near North Road.

"The peak on the River Great Ouse is currently at Tempsford and will reach Brampton tomorrow morning around 5am. Levels will be similar to those on Wednesday. After the peak had passed levels will continue to fall away and we are not expecting any rain over the weekend."

– Environment Agency

Orwell Bridge partly closed because of high winds

The Orwell Bridge near Ipswich in Suffolk is closed due to strong winds. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The A14 Orwell Bridge is closed westbound due to strong winds between J57 A1189 (Nacton) and J56 A137 (Wherstead Interchange).

The bridge is closed both ways, but westbound traffic can join at J56 Wherstead. Only the eastbound closure is as far back as Copdock.

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Latest Flood Warnings in the Anglia region

The Environment Agency has 5 Flood Warnings and 13 Flood Alerts in force in the Anglia region.

The Flood Warnings cover the following areas:

  • River Great Ouse at Bedford including Riverside Close, the Boat House at Mill Meadows and Castle Mill at Risinghoe
  • River Great Ouse at Odell in Bedfordshire
  • Mardyke from North Stifford to Purfleet in Essex
  • Newport Pagnell areas around Riverside, Silver Street, Tongwell Lane and Lovat Caravan Park to the east of the Ouzel
  • Newport Pagnell areas along the River Great Ouse near to North Bridge and Woad Farm

Flood Warnings in the Anglia region on Boxing Day

There are still 8 Flood Warnings in the Anglia region on Boxing Day Credit: PA Wire

The Environment Agency still has 8 Flood Warnings in force in the Anglia region at 9.30am on Boxing Day. There are also 18 of the lower level Flood Alerts in place.

Flood Warnings

River Great Ouse at Odell in Bedfordshire including Horsefair Lane and Mill Lane

River Colne from Halstead to Lexden in Essex

Mardyke from North Purfleet to Stifford in Essex

Newport Pagnell including areas around Riverside, Silver Street, Tongwell Lane and Lovat Caravan Park to the east of the Ouzel

Newport Pagnell including areas along the River Great Ouse near to North Bridge and Woad Farm

River Wid from Ingatestone to Writtle

River Crouch from Noak Bridge to Runwell, including Wickford

River Nene at Cogenhoe Mill Caravan Site

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Power cut update: 3,000 still without electricity in the Anglia region

UK Power Networks said there were 3,000 homes in the Anglia region without electricity in the Anglia region at 6pm on Christmas Eve.

The company says it still hopes to restore power to all homes in the East of England before Christmas Day.

Number of homes in each county without power:

  • 91 in Bedfordshire
  • 929 in Essex
  • 396 in Hertfordshire
  • 1,460 in Norfolk
  • 302 in Suffolk
  • Buckinghamshire and Cambridgeshire are reported back to normal

Power company's offer of Christmas Dinner for those without power

Power cut update: 3,600 homes still off in the East

UK Power Networks says it hopes to restore power to all homes in the East of England by the end of Christmas Eve following the strong winds.

At the peak of the storm 300,000 properties had their electricity cut in the East and South East.

There are still 3,600 without power in the Anglia region mostly in Essex and Norfolk.

This is the county-by-county list of power cuts at 4pm:

  • 114 in Bedfordshire
  • 55 in Buckinghamshire
  • 68 in Cambridgeshire
  • 1,256 in Essex
  • 585 in Hertfordshire
  • 1,050 in Norfolk
  • 542 in Suffolk

Power company offers to serve up Christmas Dinner for those without electricity

Offer of Christmas dinner for people hit by power cuts

The power company responsible for supplying the region's electricity is offering to pay for Christmas dinner for customers still hit by power cuts on Christmas Day.

At the peak of the storm in the early hours of Christmas Eve 300,000 homes were cut off in the East and South East as the windy weather brought down trees onto power lines.

In the Anglia region 11,000 homes were without power at 7am on Christmas Eve but electricity had been restored to nearly half of them by 1pm with 5,700 still looking to be reconnected at that time.

UK Power Networks hopes to have restored power to all homes in the Anglia region by the end of Christmas Eve. But the company is looking for pubs and restaurants which can provided its customers with Christmas dinner should they still be without electricity on Christmas Day.

Company spokesman Matt Rudling said: "It's something we wanted to do for our customers because we recognise the impact of Christmas dinner being lost does have on people."

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