Residents urged to stay at home as widespread floods hit North Bedfordshire villages

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Flooding on Wednesday 23 December in Harrold. (photo: Dianne Head via Harrold noticeboard Facebook group)

A number of roads in North Bedfordshire have been closed and cars have become stuck following widespread flooding in the area.

Bedford Borough Council, the Police and the Fire and Rescue Service are urging people to stay at home (where it is safe to do so) and to avoid travel unless absolutely necessary.

Motorists and residents are being assisted on the ground by the Council’s Highways and Resilience teams, together with Bedfordshire Police, Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue and local flood groups.

There have been reports of cars becoming stuck in floodwaters, and some properties being affected by flooding following persistent and heavy rainfall.

Teams are out providing measures to help protect properties from floodwaters, and supporting residents in the areas affected.

Mayor Dave Hodgson said: “Floodwaters can be much deeper and more dangerous than they look – do not try to drive through floodwater. As far as possible, people are urged to stay at home if it is safe and to avoid travel, particularly around the north of the Borough.

“Call the emergency services on 999 and ask for the Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service if your property is being flooded and there is threat to life.

“Flood alerts and warnings can be found on the Government website, with advice about how to stay safe.”

For the latest information: flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/warnings

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