Flood Alert Issued for Lower River great Ouse (includes Hemingfords)
A Flood Alert has been issued by the Environment Agency.
Flood Alert in force: Lower River Great Ouse in Central Bedfordshire, Bedford Borough and Cambridgeshire.
Flooding is possible for: River Great Ouse from Wyboston to Earith, including Hen Brook, Fox Brook, Brampton Brook, Back Brook, Hall Green Brook, Parsons Drove Drain, Swavesey Drain and Wadsbys Folly.
River levels are rising as a result of heavy rainfall yesterday. Consequently, flooding of roads and farmland is possible today, 15/11/19. We expect flooding to affect River Great Ouse from Wyboston to Earith, including Hen Brook, Fox Brook, Brampton Brook, Back Brook, Hall Green Brook, Parsons Drove Drain, Swavesey Drain and Wadsbys Folly.
Further light rainfall is forecast over the next 12 hours. We expect river levels to continue rising today.
We are closely monitoring the situation.
Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and avoid contact with flood water.
This message will be updated this afternoon, or as the situation changes.
To check the latest information for your area
* Visit the GOV.UK website to see the current flood warnings, view river and sea levels or check the 5-day flood risk forecast: https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/target-area/052WAFLOOUSE
* Or call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 using quickdial code: 212060 .
* Follow @EnvAgency and #floodaware on Twitter.
* Tune into weather, news and travel bulletins on local television and radio.
What you should consider doing now
* Monitor local water levels and weather conditions.
* Keep your staff and customers informed about the situation.
* Get ready to act on your business flood plan if you have one.
* Move cars or other vehicles to higher ground, if it is safe to do so.
* Check that you know how to turn off your gas, electricity and water mains supplies.
* In rural locations, farmers should consider moving livestock and equipment away from areas likely to flood.
* Avoid walking, cycling or driving through flood water. 30 cm of fast-flowing water can move a car and 6 inches can knock an adult off their feet.
* Flood water is dangerous and may be polluted. Wash your hands thoroughly if you've been in contact with it.
Posted: Sat, 16 Nov 2019 08:52 by Kim Loader