Flood alerts still in place and more rain on the way

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Several flood alerts are still in place in the county and the forecast is for more rain later in the week.

The Environment Agency has issued a flood warning for the River Nene at Cogenhoe Mill Caravan site and flood alerts are in place for Harpers Brook, between Great Oakley and Islip, Willow Brook, between Corby and Fotheringhay, the River Ise, between Clipston and Wellingborough, and Alledge Brook, between Grafton Underwood and Thrapston.

A photograph of flooding at Harringworth, near Corby, taken by  David Walters of No Bounds Aerial Film & Photography

A photograph of flooding at Harringworth, near Corby, taken by David Walters of No Bounds Aerial Film & Photography

Pitsford Weather Centre is predicting a largely dry day tomorrow (Tuesday, January 7) but more rain on Wednesday.

A spokesman said; “On Tuesday there is a risk that rain affecting the southern counties might extend northwards towards the county during the evening and overnight.

“There will be a dry start on Wednesday, but outbreaks of heavy rain will move in for the afternoon.

“River levels are expected to remain high for several days in response to the heavy rainfall over the past few days. We will continue to monitor the situation closely.”

Corby MP Andy Sawford has written to the county council calling for action over flooding in Gainsborough Road, in the town.

It was flooded again for five days over Christmas and residents say they are furious nothing has been done to address the problem.

Although the section of the road which was flooded is now passable, Mr Sawford has written to Paul Blantern, the chief executive of Northamptonshire County Council, in a bid to find out the cause of flooding in the area and who is responsible for taking action to prevent it in the future.

He said: “This is an on-going issue in that flooding occurs whenever there is a substantial amount of rainfall.

“It is very distressing and disruptive for residents of the area, as well as many of my other constituents who wish to use the road on their travels.”