Flood risks subsides in county after week of rain

Flooding in Wellingborough on Monday, November 26
Flooding in Wellingborough on Monday, November 26

Flood warnings across Northamptonshire were lifted this morning (Thursday, November 29), with water levels in the River Nene beginning to recede.

But although the risks of widespread flooding is now greatly reduced, flood alerts will remain in place due to very wet ground, with police warning people to remain vigilant and stay away from any flood water.

Police say the flow of water in the River Nene has been exceptionally high over the past five days but this has now left the county.

The Environment Agency, emergency services, local authorities and local health services would like to thank everybody in the county for their vigilance and patience during this time, in particular those directly affected by the flooding. A number of people remain affected, but with Billing Aquadrome re-opening at 1pm on Thursday, this is getting smaller by the day.

Assistant Chief Constable Andy Frost said: “While there are always lessons to learn from these types of incidents, the county has coped extremely well with the exceptionally high water levels we have seen since last Thursday.

“Our emergency plans have been tested and have worked, and all partners have worked well together to ensure that people remain safe and property is protected. We’d like to thank everyone in Northamptonshire for working with us to control this incident to the point where, hopefully, most people in the county have been unaffected.”

Norman Robinson from the Environment Agency added: “During the last week we have experienced the highest rainfall totals and river levels since 1998 in Northamptonshire. Flood defence improvements built after 1998 have helped to protect several communities from flooding, including Weedon, Kislingbury, Northampton, Thrapston and Geddington.

“Whilst our thoughts go out to those affected, especially those evacuated from Billing Aquadrome, Cogenhoe Mill and some isolated properties in the valley, all of our plans and flood defences have worked, protecting many hundreds of homes.

“We would like to thank all of our partners and emergency services for their help and action during this time. There are no longer any flood warnings in Northamptonshire but people should be aware that standing water will remain for many days to come. Please remain cautious and stay away from flood waters.”

The Environment Agency is encouraging everyone to sign up with their free Flood Warning Direct service. For more information, go to www.environment-agency.gov.uk.

The public can also keep up to date with the latest forecasts and warnings for their area on the Environment Agency website and with forecasts on TV and radio.