River Cam left flooded after heavy rainfall

The River Cam was left flooded after heavy rainfall on Sunday night (April 1). Pictures taken near Midsummer Common show the extent of the flooding, after a truck and two trailers were found submerged near Magdalene Boat House earlier today (April 3). The truck, which belonged to a broadband contractor, sunk at around 1pm after rolling from the river bank.

Nearby, one image showed a cyclist struggling to get through the path underneath Victoria Avenue.

Cyclist underneath Victoria Avenue today (April 3)

Another showed the water from the Cam overflowing onto the river bank. There are as many as 22 flood alerts still in place in Cambridgeshire.

Flood alerts still in place on April 3

Flood warnings

  • B1040 Thorney to Whittlesey Road to the South of the River Nene
  • North Bank Road alongside the River Nene, east of Peterborough and west of Dog-in-a-Doublet Sluice

The following ‘flood alerts’ are also in place

  • Alconbury and Ellington Brooks
  • Bourn Brook in Cambridgeshire
  • Bury Brook
  • Hundred Foot Washes
  • Lower Glen and Bourne Eau System
  • Lower Nene
  • Lower River Cam in Cambridgeshire
  • Lower River Great Ouse in Central Bedfordshire, Bedford Borough and Cambridgeshire
  • Lower Welland
  • Middle Nene
  • Middle River Great Ouse in Milton Keynes, Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire
  • North West Norfolk Rivers
  • River Granta in Essex and Cambridgeshire
  • River Kym and tributaries
  • River Rhee in Central Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire
  • Rivers Lark and Kennett in Suffolk
  • South Forty Foot Drain
  • The River Colne from Great Yeldham, to and including, Colchester
  • Upper River Cam in Essex and parts of Cambridgeshire
  • Welland Valley

Flood warnings are in place for the B1040 Thorney to Whittlesey Road to the south of the River Nene. A warning also covers North Bank Road alongside the River Nene, east of Peterborough and west of the Dog-in-a-Doublet sluice.

The B1040 Whittlesey Road is flooded and likely to remain closed until Wednesday (April 4).

River overflooding from the Cam

The Whittlesey Wash flood storage reservoir is being operated to protect nearby communities from flooding. A statement on the Environment Agency’s website reads: “Whilst the Flood Warning is in force, the Local Authority may close the B1040 for safety reasons. Diversionary routes will be put in place and further updates will be available through local media.”

Other flood alerts have been issued for other parts of the county, including the lower River Cam between Stapleford and Waterbeach, the Upper River Cam in Essex and parts of Cambridgeshire[1] and Alconbury and Ellington.

How to drive in flooding

?Rain has been falling throughout the #BankHoliday weekend, causing some roads around the county to #flood . Please take extra care on the roads and avoid driving through flooded areas, especially where road closure notices are in place ?? #Cambs pic.twitter.com/HF443CHCQD[2][3][4][5]

— Cambs Fire & Rescue (@cambsfrs) 2 April 2018[6]

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue advise:

  • Don’t drive through standing water – as well as the water damaging your car, there may be hazards under the water you can’t see.
  • If you see a sign to say that the road is closed due to flooding, remember the sign is there for a reason. Don’t try to drive through.
  • When driving, if heavy rain is making visibility difficult, slow right down or pull over if possible.
  • Remember roads will be slippery during wet conditions.
  • If your vehicle becomes stuck in floodwater and you are trapped inside it, call the fire service for assistance and calls will be prioritised where there is a risk to life.
  • Do not call 999 to tow a vehicle out of flood water.

    If your vehicle is stuck in floodwater and your road recovery company tells you to ask the fire service for assistance, please note, we will only attend if there is a risk to life.

References

  1. ^ Upper River Cam in Essex and parts of Cambridgeshire (flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk)
  2. ^ #BankHoliday (twitter.com)
  3. ^ #flood (twitter.com)
  4. ^ #Cambs (twitter.com)
  5. ^ pic.twitter.com/HF443CHCQD (t.co)
  6. ^ 2 April 2018 (twitter.com)

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