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WATCH: None but the brave – or foolish – risk flooded A1101 at Welney

At 6.44am today the flood watch group posted that “river levels at Welney have risen again overnight and are currently 2.58m (trigger 2.40m)

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John Wayne famously described courage as “being scared to death, but saddling up anyway”, which is probably how drivers using the A1101 at Welney are feeling today.

A1101 at Welney where many have chosen to find alternative routes today as water levels rise and most motorists have avoided, including those who attempted to cross but changed their mind. Bigger vehicles are still going through. PHOTO: Terry Harris for CambsNews

A1101 at Welney where many have chosen to find alternative routes today as water levels rise and most motorists have avoided, including those who attempted to cross but changed their mind. Bigger vehicles are still going through. PHOTO: Terry Harris for CambsNews

A1101 at Welney where many have chosen to find alternative routes today as water levels rise and most motorists have avoided, including those who attempted to cross but changed their mind. Bigger vehicles are still going through. PHOTO: Terry Harris for CambsNews

A1101 at Welney where many have chosen to find alternative routes today as water levels rise and most motorists have avoided, including those who attempted to cross but changed their mind. Bigger vehicles are still going through. PHOTO: Terry Harris for CambsNews

Despite caution being urged and the local Welney Flood Watch group advice to find an alternative route, a hardy group of drivers – mainly it must be said lorries and tractors – are using the road to avoid 20-mile detours.

A1101 at Welney where many have chosen to find alternative routes today as water levels rise and most motorists have avoided, including those who attempted to cross but changed their mind. Bigger vehicles are still going through. PHOTO: Terry Harris for CambsNews

A1101 at Welney where many have chosen to find alternative routes today as water levels rise and most motorists have avoided, including those who attempted to cross but changed their mind. Bigger vehicles are still going through. PHOTO: Terry Harris for CambsNews

A1101 at Welney where many have chosen to find alternative routes today as water levels rise and most motorists have avoided, including those who attempted to cross but changed their mind. Bigger vehicles are still going through. PHOTO: Terry Harris for CambsNews

A1101 at Welney where many have chosen to find alternative routes today as water levels rise and most motorists have avoided, including those who attempted to cross but changed their mind. Bigger vehicles are still going through. PHOTO: Terry Harris for CambsNews

A1101 at Welney where many have chosen to find alternative routes today as water levels rise and most motorists have avoided, including those who attempted to cross but changed their mind. Bigger vehicles are still going through. PHOTO: Terry Harris for CambsNews

A1101 at Welney where many have chosen to find alternative routes today as water levels rise and most motorists have avoided, including those who attempted to cross but changed their mind. Bigger vehicles are still going through. PHOTO: Terry Harris for CambsNews

The flood watch group – run voluntarily by villagers – now has 10,000 Facebook followers and springs into action when the road either looks like flooding or, as the case today, has begun to flood.

At 6.44am today the flood watch group posted that “river levels at Welney have risen again overnight and are currently 2.58m (trigger 2.40m)

A1101 at Welney where many have chosen to find alternative routes today as water levels rise and most motorists have avoided, including those who attempted to cross but changed their mind. Bigger vehicles are still going through. PHOTO: Terry Harris for CambsNews

A1101 at Welney where many have chosen to find alternative routes today as water levels rise and most motorists have avoided, including those who attempted to cross but changed their mind. Bigger vehicles are still going through. PHOTO: Terry Harris for CambsNews

“The level of flood water on the road is now, on the shallow heading to Welney side 7inches deep, centre line 9 inches and on that deeper heading to Littleport side 14 to 15 inches deep.

“Flows are strong, and level is still rising”.

A1101 at Welney where many have chosen to find alternative routes today as water levels rise and most motorists have avoided, including those who attempted to cross but changed their mind. Bigger vehicles are still going through. PHOTO: Terry Harris for CambsNews

A1101 at Welney where many have chosen to find alternative routes today as water levels rise and most motorists have avoided, including those who attempted to cross but changed their mind. Bigger vehicles are still going through. PHOTO: Terry Harris for CambsNews

The group has also pointed out that the flashings signs indicating depth of water ahead are not functioning properly and “we are likely to see some swamped and stranded vehicles today.

A1101 at Welney where many have chosen to find alternative routes today as water levels rise and most motorists have avoided, including those who attempted to cross but changed their mind. Bigger vehicles are still going through. PHOTO: Terry Harris for CambsNews

A1101 at Welney where many have chosen to find alternative routes today as water levels rise and most motorists have avoided, including those who attempted to cross but changed their mind. Bigger vehicles are still going through. PHOTO: Terry Harris for CambsNews

“It is really annoying that they still are not functioning despite several e-mails”.

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The Environment Agency says river levels in the area “are slowly rising in response to recent rainfall.

“Flooding is expected on the Hundred Foot (Ouse) Washes for several days. This information is correct as of 07:30 on 6/11/23. There are currently no issues on the Earith causeway.

A1101 at Welney where many have chosen to find alternative routes today as water levels rise and most motorists have avoided, including those who attempted to cross but changed their mind. Bigger vehicles are still going through. PHOTO: Terry Harris for CambsNews

A1101 at Welney where many have chosen to find alternative routes today as water levels rise and most motorists have avoided, including those who attempted to cross but changed their mind. Bigger vehicles are still going through. PHOTO: Terry Harris for CambsNews

“The causeway at Sutton Gault has approximately 30 centimetres of water on the road. The causeway at Welney has approximately 17 centimetres of water on the road. Due to the uneven surface of the roads, water may be deeper in places”.

The Environment Agency says it is liaising with Norfolk Highways who will decide whether to close Welney causeway.

“Today’s rainfall will keep river levels high, while floodwater is also travelling down the River Great Ouse towards the Ouse Washes,” it says.

A1101 at Welney where many have chosen to find alternative routes today as water levels rise and most motorists have avoided, including those who attempted to cross but changed their mind. Bigger vehicles are still going through. PHOTO: Terry Harris for CambsNews

A1101 at Welney where many have chosen to find alternative routes today as water levels rise and most motorists have avoided, including those who attempted to cross but changed their mind. Bigger vehicles are still going through. PHOTO: Terry Harris for CambsNews

“Avoid driving through flood water. We are monitoring the situation, we will update this message by 4pm today, 6/11/23.”

Welney Flood Watch says its intention remains to inform interested parties as to the up-to-date position of the flooding of the A1101 road through the village of Welney, Norfolk.

A1101 at Welney where many have chosen to find alternative routes today as water levels rise and most motorists have avoided, including those who attempted to cross but changed their mind. Bigger vehicles are still going through. PHOTO: Terry Harris for CambsNews

A1101 at Welney where many have chosen to find alternative routes today as water levels rise and most motorists have avoided, including those who attempted to cross but changed their mind. Bigger vehicles are still going through. PHOTO: Terry Harris for CambsNews

“Whilst best endeavours are made to be as accurate as possible, the team accept no responsibility for any liability or damage caused as a result of the information provided,” it adds.

Meanwhile here’s the latest photos from St Ives, Cambridgeshire, which is also being challenged by river levels.

Picture dated November 6th shows flooding around St Ives in Cambridgeshire on Monday morning after the recent heavy rain caused the River Great Ouse to burst its banks. Fields are flooded around St Ives in Cambridgeshire this morning (Mon) as Britain recovers from Storm Ciaran – with more wet weather expected this week.

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The countryside around St Ives is deep underwater after the River Great Ouse burst its banks following days of heavy rain.

Picture supplied by Bav Media 
The countryside around St Ives is deep underwater after the River Great Ouse burst its banks following days of heavy rain.
Large parts of the UK are still struggling to cope with flooding this morning, with the Environment Agency issuing 27 flood warnings and 113 flood alerts.
* See CambsNews updates for further reports of Cambridgeshire flood areas

 

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