Flood warning and flood alerts issued in Upper Dean, Lower Dean, Riseley and Bedford Borough

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Flooding over Christmas Credit: Alison Crook

A flood warning and several flood alerts in Bedford Borough have been issued by the Environment Agency following persistent rain over the last 24 hours.

A flood warning has been issued for the River Til at Yelden, Upper Dean and Lower Dean and flood alerts for the River Kym at Riseley and the Great Ouse through Milton Keynes, Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire.

A flood warning means that flooding is expected, while a flood alert means that flooding is possible.

Bedford Borough Council is monitoring river levels and working alongside local flood groups and the emergency services in areas affected, and are asking everyone to avoid passing through floodwater.

Mayor Dave Hodgson said “We’ve seen persistent rain falling on already water-logged ground and this has led to some localised flooding.

“We’re advising everyone to continue to stay home as much as possible but if you have to head out to make sure you stay safe and avoid walking or driving through flood water, which could deeper than it appears and include hidden hazards.”

Heavy rain also left sections of Kempston High Street under water earlier today.
Ward councillor, James Valentine said the Borough Council responded promptly, putting up warning signs for motorists.
He told the Bedford Independent: “According to the Highways Department, the problem was caused by a scaffold board covering the grill in the drainage ditch preventing the culvert from working correctly; it’s now been cleared.

“This section of the High Street gets flooded frequently and I am meeting with engineers on site next week to seek a long-term solution.”

Further details about Flood alerts and warnings, with advice about how to stay safe, can be found on the Environment Agency website.

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