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Much of March left underwater following heavy thunderstorms




There have been calls for action after many parts of March were left flooded by a heavy thunderstorm yesterday (Sunday) afternoon.

Blocked gullies, filled in dykes and potentially broken pipes have been blamed for the spate of floods which hit streets right across the town from Russell Avenue, to Knights End Road.

Among those hit were Alpha Street where one resident, who was forced out of her home for many months following flooding six years ago, said the rainwater was close to coming through her door again yesterday.

Russell Avenue in March was like a boating lake after the heavy downpour. Photo: Facebook.
Russell Avenue in March was like a boating lake after the heavy downpour. Photo: Facebook.

Sycamore Close was one of the worst affected with Fenland District Council's emergency team being deployed to hand out sand bags to worried residents.

Sand bags were also needed by one resident in Creek Road, while other people were hit by raw sewage seeping up through the drains into their gardens and drive ways including on West End.

Town, district and county councillor Jan French was on call for most of the afternoon fielding appeals for help and collating information on the areas hit.

Russell Avenue in March was like a boating lake after the heavy downpour. Photo: Facebook.
Russell Avenue in March was like a boating lake after the heavy downpour. Photo: Facebook.

She said: "I have emailed Fenland District Council a complete list of the roads that were affected. One of the worst was Sycamore Close. They had a real problem many years ago when me, Steve Count and the late Peter Skoulding worked hard to resolve the issue.

"Eventually a lot of money was spent - something like £200,000 to £300,000 - to get a pumping system installed but it seems to have broken down yesterday.

"Fenland District Council workers were out giving out sand bags, fortunately it didn't get into anybody's home, but I believe it was close in some areas.

Raw sewage was seeping up through a drive way in West End due to a broken pipe. Photo: Facebook.
Raw sewage was seeping up through a drive way in West End due to a broken pipe. Photo: Facebook.

"Cambridgeshire County Council have been working hard to clear drains and gullies but we are coming into autumn and leaves are falling and blocking drains - it's an ongoing issue.

"Another issue is people filling in dykes. This has happened in Butts Avenue many, many years ago and once again flooding is an ongoing problem as a result.

"People filling in dykes and drains and not properly piping them is a real problem.

Broad Street in March was also hit. Photo: Facebook.
Broad Street in March was also hit. Photo: Facebook.

"In Upwell Road one house was left without gas as the flood water had covered their meter.

"Many of the problems are caused by old drains and Anglian Water really need to be looking at these. They also need to look at the broken pipes, the cause of the raw sewage in West End and also in Estover Road was broken pipes and I have also been in contact with Cambridgeshire County Council about this.

"Fortunately none of the flooding was as bad as what we had six years ago when homes and businesses were flooded, but it was close for some residents."

Russell Avenue in March was like a boating lake after the heavy downpour - a blodked drain failed to allow the water to soak away. Photo: Facebook.
Russell Avenue in March was like a boating lake after the heavy downpour - a blodked drain failed to allow the water to soak away. Photo: Facebook.


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