Flood alert in place for river Nene

Flooding is possible along the river Nene

The river Nene has been steadily rising at Islip Sluice near Thrapston
The river Nene has been steadily rising at Islip Sluice near Thrapston

There is a flood alert in place for the river Nene from Peterborough down to Cogenhoe near Earls Barton.

The Government's flood information service warns people about the likeliness and danger of flood with three levels of warning: severe flood warnings, flood warnings, and flood alerts.

The flood alert for the river Nene means "flooding is possible - be prepared".

There is a flood alert for the river Nene from Oundle to Cogenhoe

An interactive map showing the location of flood alerts shows a band of orange where the river may flood.

Oundle Town Council has warned residents of the flood alert on Twitter.

The council wrote: "Flooding is possible - be prepared avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers."

The Government flood alert said: "Over the weekend, river levels have risen on the Middle River Nene have risen as a result of persistent heavy rainfall associated with Storm Dennis.

"This led to flooding of low lying land and roads close to the river.

"We expect the river to remain high throughout the next few days."

A river level monitoring point at Islip Sluice near Thrapston shows water levels have increased for days.

As of 4pm today (Tuesday, February 18) the water is at 2.48m. Flooding is possible from 1.85m

The flood alert continues: "Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded.

"We are monitoring river levels, and have staff in the field checking for blockages and clearing weedscreens.

"We are reviewing the situation in the area incident room and will update this message on Tuesday 18th February or as the situation changes."

As of 5pm, there has been no update but you can check here: https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/target-area/055WAF129TMN