Wisbech is tonight (Thursday) bracing itself for possible flooding with the Environment Agency predicting a coastal sea surge hitting the town at around 7.27pm.
The Environment Agency has issued a flood warning for the Tidal Nene, which includes the Wisbech area and Sutton Bridge and householders in parts of the town have received phone messages warning them to prepare for the worst.
Among those to receive a text alert was Bill and his wife, who were busy sandbagging their home in the Magazine Lane area ready for any possible flooding.
Bill, who didn’t want to give his full name, explained they were signed up for alerts with the Environment Agency and they had received a text message at around 10am.
“We have lived here for seven years and this is the first time we have been directly contacted at home. We felt it was only sensible to heed the warning and put sandbags out,” he said.
He added that a neighbour who remembered the big flood of 1978 told them the water had come over and run down the road during the disaster.
Since then the flood defence wall has been installed and has also been improved in the past few years.
A spokesman for Fenland District Council said the county council’s highways department were out sandbagging the gullies and manhole covers within the Quay area, including North Brink, to prevent water coming up through the drains.
The district council is also liaising closely with the Environment Agency and Cambridgeshire County Council to monitor the situation.
Any residents worried about flooding in their area should call Floodline on 0845 988 1188 or visit the Environment Agency’s website, www.environment-agency.gov.uk, or Fenland District Council’s website, www.fenland.gov.uk
Detailed advice on flooding can be found on Fenland District Council’s website at www.fenland.gov.uk/article/3979/