Risk of flooding today (Tues)

THE risk of flooding along the River Nene in Northamptonshire will remain high for at least the next 24 hours, the Environment Agency has warned today.

The risk has been caused by 30mm of rain which fell in the area between Saturday and Monday on already saturated ground.

A further 10mm is forecast today.

Flood risk manager Andy Wilkinson said: “We really appreciate the cooperation people have shown in being evacuated.

“This is a precautionary measure as it’s always difficult to tell exactly what the weather and river levels will do, but we would far rather people were safe than caught out in a serious flood.

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

“As little as 6 inches can knock you over and only 2 feet will float a car. There can also be hidden dangers such as loose manhole covers or contaminated water.

“We’ll be keeping a close eye on the weather in coming days and will be issuing further warnings as necessary.”

Flood warnings are currently in place along the River Nene for Billing, Cogenhoe and Doddington.

A general flood alert is in place downstream towards Wellingborough, but further flood alerts might be added in the next couple of days depending on rainfall.

The Environment Agency is also warning of the dangers of flood water. People should keep away from swollen rivers, and not attempt to walk or drive through them.

People can check Alerts and Warnings for where they live on the Environment Agency website Environment Agency - flood or by calling Floodline on 0845 9881188.