Flood advice for homeowners and motorists

The fire service has warned homeowners and motorists of the risks of flooding after heavy downpours in parts of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Flood warnings have been put in place in the following locations:

- Bin Brook, in Newnham, Cambridge

- Girton, in Cambridge, including Woodlands Park, Woodlands Close,

Dodford Lane, Fairway, Northfield, and Oakington Road.

- King’s Ripton, Broughton, Wistow, Ramsey and Bury.

- Tilbrook, Kimbolton, Stonely and Great Staughton.

- Hamerton, Upton, Alconbury, Alconbury Weston and Ellington

- B1040 Thorney to Whittlesey Road to the South of the River Nene

In the last 12 hours, 20mm of rain has fallen over Cambridgeshire, with some areas like Bourn receiving 26mm and Chatteris 18mm.

A further 8-15mm of rain is expected to fall throughout today until midnight.

Tomorrow a maximum of 2mm is predicted.

Accurate rain forecasting for more than 24 hours is difficult and so Saturday,

Sunday and Monday’s expected rainfall is still uncertain.

So that residents can get the help they need in the quickest possible time,

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service is issuing advice about their role during events of flooding.

Rick Hylton, Area Commander for Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “We want to ensure residents get the help they need in the quickest time, which is why we want to help people contact the correct agency in the first place. We also want to ensure that we can deal with emergency calls where life is at risk in the quickest time, and people ringing 999 for sandbags can delay us.

“What many people don’t realise is that there has to be a certain level of water - generally around six inches - before we can use our pumping equipment effectively, and even then there has to be somewhere for us to pump the water to that won’t have an adverse knock on effect to someone else’s property.

“As well as being aware of what to do if your home is affected by flooding, it is important to stay safe on the roads. Driving through floodwater can be extremely dangerous as it is impossible to see how deep the water is or whether there are hazards under the water, which could damage your car and leave you stranded.”

Advice from Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service is:

i For up to date flood watch information, log on to the Environment

Agency website www.environment-agency.gov.uk or call the Floodline

on 0845 988 1188.

i If you know your home is at risk of flooding, prepare a list of useful phone numbers and keep it somewhere safe

i Contact your local authority to find out the availability of sandbags

If your home does begin to flood, turn off your electricity supply

i If you have an elderly or vulnerable family member or neighbour who is at risk of flooding, contact them to ensure they are prepared and knowwhat to do should their home flood

i Don’t try to 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 that the sign is there for a reason. Don’t try to drive through or you might get stuck

i Listen out for warnings on radio and TV and phone Floodline on 0845

988 1188 for more information

i Dial 999 if there is imminent risk to a person’s life.