March and Chatteris hit by flash floods

The Tesco car park in March is flooded after rain
The Tesco car park in March is flooded after rain

Friday, 5.13pm: Hundreds of homes have been left without power, businesses have been forced to close and whole streets have been left underwater as flash flooding causes chaos in parts of Fenland this afternoon (8 August).

Roads have also been closed off and part of a riverbank has collapsed as torrential rain continues to batter March, Chatteris and surrounding areas.

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At Tesco’s main store in Hostmoor Avenue, March, this afternoon shoppers were suddenly asked to leave after rain water leaked into some of the aisles.

Outside the store, the car park was under water within minutes and drivers were asked to leave carefully to avoid damage to their vehicles.

The nearby B&M store also closed, along with several other business in March town centre, as well as Somerfield supermarket in Chatteris.

There was also a dramatic moment when part of the river bank collapsed outside The Ship Inn in Nene Parade, March.

The road has been closed between the Wigstones Bridge junction and High Street junction while highways engineers assess damage caused by the landslip.

The George Campbell Leisure Centre in March was also forced to close when rain water caused part of the ceiling in the swimming pool spectator area to cave in, and water started bubbling up through the drains.

Several streets around the towns were also completely underwater, with the flooding reaching people’s homes.

A spokesman for Anglian Water said they were currently attending numerous incidents of internal flooding in the March and Chatteris areas, and trying to assist homeowners as quickly as possible.

West End Park under water following today's downpour (August 8)

West End Park under water following today's downpour (August 8)

“Our absolute priority is working with customers to put the situation right,” she said.

More than 1,000 homes and businesses have also been left without power.

A spokesman for UK Power Networks said: “Engineers are working hard to restore power to customers in parts of March following a fault in one of our substations in the area.

“About 1,096 customers are currently affected by the fault which happened at about 2.45pm today.

“We would like to reassure our customers that we are working as quickly as is safely possible to restore their supplies as soon as we can and are currently investigating the cause.

“We realise how difficult it can be to be without power and apologise for any inconvenience.”

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