County flood water will remain a risk for another two weeks

Flooding at the Embankment in Wellingborough this week
Flooding at the Embankment in Wellingborough this week
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Flood warnings remain in place across Northamptonshire following a period of exceptional wet weather over the past weeks.

Water levels are now beginning to plateau on the River Nene across the entire county, however flood water will remain a significant risk for the next two weeks.

A dog playing in the flood water

A dog playing in the flood water

While the forecast is for drier and colder weather this week, isolated showers cannot be ruled out which would immediately lead to a rise in river levels and the risk of further flooding.

The Environment Agency, Northamptonshire Police, Northamptonshire County Council and Northampton and Wellingborough borough councils, local NHS partners, Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue and Billing Aquadrome management continue to work closely to deliver a co-ordinated response to the situation.

Further multi-agency meetings will be held throughout the week at police headquarters.

Billing Aquadrome and Cogenhoe Caravan Park remain closed.

Norman Robinson, Environment Agency manager, said: “Whilst the rain is easing, the river levels remain very high and the ground is completely saturated.

“The levels are not expected to drop within the next week, possibly two, with further rain likely to cause greater risk of further flooding.

“Flood warnings remain in place at Billing Aquadrome, Cogenhoe Mill and along the Nene Valley towards Peterborough.

“We are asking that everyone remains vigilant and patient whilst water drains out of the county.

“Our thoughts go out to those who have been affected.

“All of our emergency plans and flood defences have worked and the vast majority of Northamptonshire has not been affected by one of the most significant flooding events in recent national history.”

Luke Hodson, water incident manager at Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We have attended a number of incidents over the last week and in doing so have tested our multi-agency plans and responses and it has been pleasing to see it has worked.”

He added: “I urge families to be wary over the coming week as, although the water may look benign, the danger is still present and children and pets must be supervised when near any flood waters.

“Although we are equipped with state of the art water rescue equipment, I hope people can appreciate the continuing risk and that we do not want to deploy any of this kit.”

Peter Angelides of Billing Aquadrome and Cogenhoe Caraven Park said: “We have been working hard with the Environment Agency and emergency services since flooding began last Thursday.

“Both parks are still flooded. We have taken a lot of water onto the sites over the past few days and have tried to minimise the damage to the parks.

“Having been flooded, once the water goes it will take us a few days to clean the site and get sewage, electricity and water supplies back to normal.

“We have arranged for people to get emergency access to the site between 10am and 2pm throughout the week.

“This needs to be supervised access as there is still a significant amount of water on the site.

“As the flood warning is still in place, with the amount of water on the site and the time it will take to clear up, we may need to remain closed until next week.

“A further update will be made available on our website on Friday at 11am.”

People can keep up to date with the latest forecasts and warnings for their area on the Environment Agency website.

The Environment Agency updates its flood guidance every 15 minutes on its website at www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods and you can follow the Environment Agency on Twitter at @EnvAgencyAnglia.

For policing information and safe driving advice, visit www.northants.police.uk.

For updates about Billing Aquadrome and Cogenhoe Mill, go to www.billingaquadrome.com.

Further flood advice can also be found at www.northamptonshire.gov.uk.