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Dredging work to help stop flooding

Work has started to prevent flooding along the River Nene in Northamptonshire. There have been several episode of flooding in the area in the past few months.

The Environment Agency's started work to remove several thousand tonnes of silt from a stretch of the river which it's hoped will both improve navigation and prevent flooding again.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Olivia Paterson:

Body found in River Nene identified

A body discovered in the River Nene in Northampton on Tuesday 5 March has been been identified as that of Andrzej Dziadosz.

He was 46 and from Northampton. He went missing on Saturday 26 January.

Mr Dziadosz's death is not being treated as suspicious and Northamptonshire Police are preparing a report for the coroner.

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Flood warnings for River Nene

The Environment Agency has just issued a further flood warning for the River Nene, east of Peterborough.

There are currently eight other warnings in place for East Anglia - seven in Northamptonshire and one for Newport Pagnell near Milton Keynes.

There are also 43 flood alerts for East Anglia, including for parts of Suffolk. An ITV Anglia viewer took these photographs this morning of the swollen River Stour in Clare, south of Bury St Edmunds.

The River Stour in Clare, Suffolk Credit: Harry Copsey
The River Stour in Clare, Suffolk Credit: Harry Copsey

Flood Warning update for the Upper River Nene in Northamptonshire

The Environment Agency has updated its Flood Warning for the Upper River Nene in Northamptonshire. A flood warning is in force for the isolated properties and villages near the Upper River Nene and its tributaries.

Flooding is expected for the Isolated properties and villages near the Upper River Nene and its tributaries including Nether Heyford, Bugbrooke, Bugbrooke Mill, Upton Mill, Horton, Hackleton and Preston Deanery during Saturday night and into Sunday.

Immediate action required.

"Heavy rain on Wednesday and Thursday resulted in high river levels on the Upper River Nene, resulting in localised flooding of low lying land, roads and properties. Levels did start to recede on Saturday, but further heavy rainfall is expected to fall through Saturday night and into Sunday. This will cause river levels to start rising again through the night. It is possible that levels will rise higher than they did on Wednesday and Thursday, flooding a wider area than before."

– Environment Agency Flood Warning

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Stuck narrowboat due to be removed today

Stuck narrowboat Credit: ITV Anglia

The Environment Agency is due to make another attempt this morning to remove a narrow boat which smashed into a sluice gate on the River Nene in Northamptonshire.

The boat got into trouble at Ditchford Lock last week during bad weather. A previous attempt to remove the boat failed.

Attempts to refloat barge fail

Engineers have failed in their attempt to re-float a narrow boat which sank in the River Nene in Northamptonshire last week.

Crews tried to re-float the boat on Sunday Credit: ITV Anglia

The boat was swept into a sluice next to Ditchford Lock near Wellingborough and then sank. River Canal Rescue workers had hoped to pump out the water and float it again but they could not move it.

They say the operation was made more difficult by the bad weather conditions, including heavy rain, and that they will try again to rescue the boat when the weather improves.

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