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Flood prone Fenland route is closed by rising waters again

The A1101 at Welney is prone to winter flooding - seen here in 2008 Credit: ITV Anglia

Rising waters in the Fens have forced the closure of a main road that's prone to winter flooding.

The Environment Agency says the Welney Causeway section of the A1101 has had to be closed because of water rising on the nearby Ouse Washes. It means long diversions for drivers: they're being urged not to ignore the road closed signs.

The Environment Agency Operations Team are monitoring rivers levels and working hard to ensure water can drain off the Washes as quickly as possible. As levels have been rising, we have been checking Welmore Lake Sluice on a daily basis to ensure that the Sluice is able to discharge as much water off the Ouse Washes as possible. Over the last week we have also undertaken some additional clearance of silt at Welmore Lake Sluice so that it is fully operational.

– Julie Foley, Area Manager

Weather warning for heavy rain in the west and south of the Anglia region

Heavy rain is expected for the rest of today Credit: ITV Anglia

The Met Office has issued a warning for heavy rain in the west and south of the Anglia region.

The warning area covers: Milton Keynes, Northamptonshire, Central Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Thurrock, West Essex, Luton, Bedford, Southern Cambridgeshire and Southend-on-Sea.

It is valid until 10pm on Saturday 9 January 2016.

The Met Office says outbreaks of showery rain, heavy and thundery in places, will continue at times until late Saturday.

Given saturated conditions, please be aware that this may well lead to some surface water flooding and disruption to transport.

The area covered by the yellow weather warning for heavy rain on Saturday. Credit: Met Office

"A showery southwesterly airstream will affect England and Wales during Saturday.

"Within this airstream some more organised zones of heavy rain are likely, with lightning and gusty winds as additional hazards, these focused near coastal areas.

"Rainfall accumulations of 10-20 mm may occur in 3-4 hours, while a few locations may see 30 to 50 mm over the entire period."

– Met Office Chief Forecaster's Assessment

Parts of the Anglia region, particularly Norfolk and Suffolk, faced surface water flooding of roads and fields on Thursday after a fortnight's worth of rain fell in one morning.


Further flood warnings issued in the Anglia region

Further flood warnings have been issued on rivers in the Anglia region following heavy rain.

There were three flood warnings and 17 of the less severe flood alerts in force on Thursday afternoon after a morning of heavy rain.

A van is stuck in flood water at Great Plumstead near Norwich. Credit: ITV News Anglia / Tony Aldous

There are three flood warnings in force in the Anglia region which mean flooding is expected and immediate action is required:

  • Northamptonshire: River Nene at Cogenhoe Mill Caravan Site and the Northampton Washland
  • Suffolk: Wrentham watercourse from, and including Wrentham to the coast
  • Suffolk: Chediston watercourse at Halesworth


Flood alerts issued in the East of England following heavy rain

Heavy rain across the Anglia region has seen river levels rise and the Environment Agency has issued a number of flood warnings and flood alerts.

Several flood alerts have been issued in the Anglia region following heavy rain. Credit: PA

Flood warning in the Anglia region

  • Chediston watercourse at Halesworth in Suffolk

"We are seeing high river levels on the Chediston watercourse due to rainfall last night and into this morning. River levels are likely to continue to rise before stabilising later today.

"Over the next 4 hours the forecast is for heavy rain. Properties are at risk on Thoroughfare, Chediston Street, Saxons Way and School Lane in Halesworth, and the A144 and the railway line at Halesworth."

– Environment Agency

A 'Flood Warning' means flooding is expected and immediate action required

Flood alerts in the Anglia region

  • River Bure and Spixworth Beck in Norfolk
  • River Deben from, and including Debenham to Bromeswell and the River Lark from Clopton to Martlesham in Suffolk
  • Rivers Kym and Til and the Riseley Brook in Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire
  • Harpers Brook between Great Oakley and Islip and Willow Brook between Corby and Fotheringhay in Northamptonshire
  • Blyth and Walpole Rivers and Chediston, Bramfield and Wrentham watercourses in Suffolk
  • River Crouch from Noaks Bridge to Runwell, including Wickford in Essex
  • Hundred Foot Washes, also known as the Ouse Washes, including the causeways at Earith, Sutton Gault and Welney on the Cambridgeshire-Norfolk border
  • River Great Ouse from Newport Pagnell in Buckinghamshire through Bedford to Tempsford in Bedfordshire

A 'flood alert' is the lowest level warning issued by the Environment Agency and means flooding is possible so be prepared.

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