Temporary flood barriers to be erected at Welney

A temporary flood defence will be built across the Welney Road (A1101) at the Old Bedford Bridge tomorrow (Saturday 29 December).

The Environment Agency, Norfolk County Council, Cambridgeshire County Council’s and Norfolk Constabulary and Cambridgeshire Constabulary decided to take the action to contain the flood water on the Ouse Washes.

The Welney Road was last sand bagged in 2007 and is a planned response to water levels reaching a specific level on the Ouse Washes.

Flood water is currently over 3 meters above sea level – with 1.44 meters of water standing on the Causeway road.

Alan Daniels, operations team leader for the Environment Agency said, “The Welney Road goes over the Middle Level Barrier Bank on the west of the Ouse Washes and creates a low spot along this defence.

“We will put approximately 30 one ton sandbags across the road to build a temporary continuous defence along the barrier bank.

“This is a planned activity which is triggered by water levels hitting a specific point. We haven’t needed to do this for some time.”

The Welney Causeway was closed by Norfolk County Council Highways department on Friday 23 November and will remain closed until flood waters have receded.