County is still on flood alert as the deluge continues

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Communities living along the county’s largest river are on high alert to flooding as weeks’ of rain show no sign of easing off.

The Environment Agency yesterday urged people not to get too close to the River Nene and to take care when walking or driving alonside it for at least another day.

The flooding has already caused havoc to some people who were staying at Billing Aquadrome and Cogenhoe Caravan Park.

Both sites remained closed yesterday and many occupants were still in emergency accomodation provided by the county council until it is safe to return.

The risk has been caused by 30mm of rain which fell in the area between 9am on Saturday and 9am on Monday on already saturated ground. A further 10mm was expected to land throughout yesterday.

The Environment Agency extended the flood alert down the river towards Wellingborough, joining Cogenhoe, Billing and Doddington.

Billing Aquadrome general manager Peter Angeledis said: “We are monitoring water levels throughout the day and night and ensuring properties are safe.

“We have noticed no change here, there has been no damage but it does continue to rain.”

Andy Wilkinson, of the Environment Agency, said: “This is a precautionary measure as it’s always difficult to tell exactly what the weather and river levels will do.

“We do urge people to be careful and not to try to drive or walk through flood water.”

The rain nearly caused problems when a fire started at an ADM flour mill in Brunel Road, Corby.

More than 30 firefighters were called out to the blaze at the three-storey building at 3am yesterday amid fears the rain could hamper them.

However, the fire was extinguished shortly after they arrived. No-one was injured.