Nervous day ahead for Fenland as forecasters warn severe weather of Friday looks set to returm

Green Street, March flooding (PHOTO: Tracy Hoy) Green Street, March flooding (PHOTO: Tracy Hoy)

Sunday, August 10, 2014
12:13 AM

Fenland, and particularly flood hit March, is set for a nervous 24 hours as the severe weather of Friday looks set to return.

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Green Street, March flooding (PHOTO: Tracy Hoy)Green Street, March flooding (PHOTO: Tracy Hoy)

The Met Office is warning of uncertainty during the day but say people should be aware of the risk of more flooding.

Strong winds and large waves are likely to hit the coasts but the backlash from Hurricane Bertha is expected to hit much of the country.

Cambridgeshire fire service said today they will be working to tackle the floods but will have to prioritise those incidents where lives could be at risk.

Assistant chief fire officer Neil Newberry said: “Te fire service is working hard to do all it can to attend flood-related incidents and help those residents who have been affected by the floods.

“We have to remind residents that while we will do all we can to help those most at risk, we can only pump water out of properties when there is somewhere else for it to go that will not endanger other properties or infrastructure.

“The past 30 hours have been a testing time for the crews and control staff who are working tirelessly, but we still have to prioritise those incidents where there is an immediate risk to life.

“We must remember that while we want to help as many people as possible, we must ensure the fire service has resilience to answer normal emergency calls to fires and road traffic collisions.”

He added: “We would like to remind residents that while it is warm outside, much of the floodwater could be contaminated and it may not be suitable for children to play in it.”

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