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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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Flood defences to be built in Welney

A temporary flood defence is to be built today across the Welney Road (A1101) at the Old Bedford Bridge close to the Norfolk-Cambridgeshire border.

The Welney Road was last sand bagged in 2007 and is a planned response to water levels reaching a specific level on the Ouse Washes.

Flood water is currently over 3 meters above sea level – with 1.44 meters (4.7 ft) of water standing on the Causeway road.

“We will put approximately 30 one-ton sandbags across the road to build a temporary continuous defence along the barrier bank. This is a planned activity which is triggered by water levels hitting a specific point. We haven’t needed to do this for some time.”

– Alan Daniels, Environment Agency

The Welney Causeway was closed by Norfolk County Council Highways department on Friday 23 November and will remain closed until flood waters have receded.

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