A flood of problems
PUBLISHED: 11:27 22 March 2007 | UPDATED: 13:54 04 May 2010
FLOODING on the A1101 at Welney is a growing problem. The road is frequently unusable after heavy rain and people s homes, businesses and daily routes have all been affected. The road is also becoming increasingly dangerous, with some people risking the
FLOODING on the A1101 at Welney is a growing problem. The road is frequently unusable after heavy rain and people's homes, businesses and daily routes have all been affected.
The road is also becoming increasingly dangerous, with some people risking the drive through flood water, and a stranded lorry driver was rescued by a firefighter and tractor driver recently.
South West Norfolk MP Christopher Fraser recently raised the issue in Parliament and called on the Government to fund the £4-5m cost of dredging the river and the £6-7m needed to raise the A1101.
Reporter ADAM LAZZARI went out into Littleport to ask people: Are you affected by the flooding? And what should be done about it?
Janette Singer, 29, from Southery.
"I travel regularly from Southery to visit my step-daughter in March. It adds an extra 20 minutes or so to my journey when there is flooding so it's a massive inconvenience and it's been a lot more frequent recently.
"Something needs to be done to resolve the issue, but I don't know what. It's an awful lot of money needed to dredge the river and that could probably be better spent on other things."
Janet Neal, 59, from Littleport.
"My husband and I run a carpet store in Littleport and the flooding has an effect on our business. Our fitter has to drive around a lot so he is massively inconvenienced, and we must lose customers because of it.
"A lot of students here go to Wisbech College so they will be affected by it as well. The road should be dug up; it would make a big difference to many people's lives."
Cindy Wright, 40, from Littleport.
"My sister lives in Outwell and, because of the flooding, I don't see her as much as I would like to. This year is the worst that it has been, and I don't see things improving.
"It seems that the cost of doing something about it is far too high, and the situation just gets worse and worse, so it's a real pain."
Albert Graves, 64, from Littleport.
"I make regular trips out towards Wisbech for meals, and there's a lovely pub in Welney called the Lamb and Flag that I go to so, yes, the flooding is an inconvenience to me.
"I've lived on this side for 41 years and the situation now is worse that it's ever been.
"The solution is not to dredge the river but to put in a viaduct, like there is at Mepal."
Roy Stearman, 73, from Little Downham.
"I'm a lorry driver, and I drive from Ely to March every other day, so it regularly makes my days longer. Dredging the river costs too much money but something needs to be done, because it's affecting local businesses."
Shaun Scott, 31, from Littleport.
"I often go to visit my sister in Manea, and when the road is blocked it adds an extra 30 minutes each way to my trip.
"It's very frustrating. I don't know what should be done; maybe they should build a bridge.