VIDEO: As flooding hits East Cambs, warning that more rain is on the way
12:30 09 August 2014
The Met Office has issued a fresh weather warning for Sunday telling homeowners in Cambridgeshire to expect more heavy downpours and gusting winds.
According to weather stations in Ely, more than 50mm of rain fell on the city between Friday and Saturday morning.
But forecasters say more bad weather is to come on Sunday as the remains of ex hurricane Bertha, which hit the east coast of the United States, travels across the UK.
A spokesman for the Met Office said: “The remains of hurricane Bertha, west of the Bay of Biscay on Saturday morning, now possess the characteristics of a mid-latitude depression, albeit with very warm air wrapped up within it.
“This feature is expected to move towards the UK before deepening on Saturday night and Sunday morning. There is increasing confidence that this depression will affect the UK, though with very large uncertainty remaining over the track and intensity.
“There is the potential for rainfall totals of more than 50 mm in places and coastal gusts of over 60 mph, along with large waves. The locations affected are very dependent on the track of the low but the heaviest rainfall is thought most likely around and to the northwest of the low centre whilst the strongest winds are most likely around the southern flank of the low.”
Friday’s rain led to widespread flooding in Ely, with Silver Street, St John’s Road, Newnham Street and Yorke Way particularly badly hit.
There was also disruption on the A142 after the Station Road underpass flooded and Ely’s train station was briefly closed to cars.
Both Sainsbury’s and Tesco car parks were under water.
And the villages around Ely also fell victim to the rain, with reports of roads in Witchford and Littleport flooded.
Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service said it took 277 calls on Friday alone concerning flooding and has warned residents to be on alert as Sunday’s rain moves in.
A spokesman offered advice to homeowners and motorists, saying: “If you think your property is affected by flooding then turn off your electricity supply and prepare to move belongings from the ground floor.
“During this kind of weather we would also urge motorists to drive slowly and carefully, and allow extra room to slow down and stop.
“Don’t try to drive through standing water - as well as the water damaging your car, there may be hazards under the water you can’t see.
“If you see a sign to say that the road is closed due to flooding, remember that the sign is there for a reason. Don’t try to drive through or you might get stuck.”
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