Whittlesey: Flood Warning Shuts Road

18 October 2012, 17:13

Due to a flood warning from the Environment Agency Peterborough City Council highways engineers will closed North Bank from 9.30 tonight (Thursday 18th).

Traffic will be diverted via Pearces Road, Storeys Bar Road, Edgerley Drain Road, Oxney Road, Parnwell Way, Frank Perkins Parkway, Fletton Parkway, Stanground Bypass, A605, B1040 and vice versa. 
Drivers are being advised to check local signage in the morning.
From the Environment Agency:
A Flood Warning has been issued by the Environment Agency for the North Bank Road alongside the River Nene, east of Peterborough and west of Dog-in-a-Doublet Sluice.  
Flooding is expected for the North Bank Road alongside the River Nene to the east of Peterborough and the West of the Dog-in-a-Doublet Sluice during periods of tidelock.  
High tides on the evening of Thursday 18 October and lunchtime on Friday 19 October are coinciding with higher than normal flows in the River Nene.  
During the high tide period water will back up at Dog-in-a-Doublet sluice with the North Bank Road expected to be flooded as a result.  
The Environment Agency advises against the use of North Bank Road while the Flood Warning is in force.
- Act now to protect yourself and your property.
- If it's safe to do so, block doors with flood boards or sandbags and cover airbricks and other ventilation holes.
- If you are caught in a flash flood, get to higher ground.  Stay away from flood water and don't take risks.  
- Move family, pets and valuables to a safe place.  
- Keep a flood kit ready including a torch, batteries, fully charged mobile phone, warm clothes, water, food and any prescription medicines you may need.
- If it's safe, make sure your neighbours are aware of the situation and offer help to anyone who may need it.
- Avoid walking, cycling or driving through flood water.
- Turn off gas, electricity and water if your property is about to flood.  Never touch an electrical switch if you are standing in water.
- Call Floodline on 0845 988 1188 for up-to-date flooding information.
- Keep an eye on local water levels and weather conditions.  The Environment Agency website contains details of river level and flooding information and can be accessed at www.environment-agency.gov.uk