Flood warning still in place for Wellingborough

Stanwick Lakes was closed yesterday due to flooding
Stanwick Lakes was closed yesterday due to flooding

A flood warning issued by the Environment Agency for Wellingborough yesterday (Sunday) remains in place.

A spokesman for the Environment Agency said late last night: “We are very concerned that around 170 properties are at risk of flooding in the area around the River Ise by Tesco’s, Whitworths and the Best Buys area.

“This is likely to happen around 6am on Tuesday morning.

“We would appreciate any help you can give in getting the message out now. Police are going to assist with loud hailers.

“People should prepare by moving valuables upstairs, ensuring they have essential supplies of medicine etc with them and checking on vulnerable neighbours.”

The spokesman confirmed this morning that the flood warning was still in place despite there being less rainfall last night than predicted.

The Environment Agency will be monitoring the situation and updating its website throughout the day.

For further information call the Floodline on 0845 988 1188 or see a map of the affected area at www.environment-agency.gov.uk.

Northamptonshire Police have also issued advice to county drivers, with motorists being advised to take extra care on the roads in the wet conditions.

The SURVIVE group, which is a partnership between the Highways Agency, Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), the breakdown/recovery industry and other road service providers, has issued the following advice:

– Do not drive unless your journey is absolutely necessary

– Take spare dry clothing, food, a flask of hot drink and if you have a mobile phone make sure you have the telephone number for contacting the emergency services

– If you have to drive in a flooded area take care. Only drive through water if you know how deep it is. Many vehicles require only two feet of water before they float

– If you have to drive through a flood try to drive in the highest section of the road if it is safe to do so

– Drive slowly and steadily to avoid creating a bow wave

– Driving fast through standing water is dangerous - tyres lose contact with the road and you lose steering control in what’s known as ‘aquaplaning’. Watch out for standing water, trying to avoid it if you can, and adjust your speed to the conditions. If you do experience aquaplaning, hold the steering wheel lightly and lift off the throttle until the tyres regain grip

– Driving fast through standing water can cause expensive damage - the air intake on many cars is low down at the front of the engine bay and it only takes a small quantity of water sucked into the engine to cause serious damage. All engines are affected but turbo-charged and diesel engines are most vulnerable

– Do not drive through flood water if a vehicle is travelling in the opposite direction

– Don’t try driving through fast-moving water, such as at a flooded bridge approach - your car could easily be swept away

– As you drive slowly through standing water keep the engine revving by slipping the clutch, otherwise water in the exhaust could stall the engine

– Test your brakes thoroughly after leaving the flood water