Flood alerts have been issued in parts of Cambridgeshire, including Ely and Welney, after a heavy period of rainfall has caused the river levels to rise.

The Environment Agency have published 57 flood alerts and 20 flood warnings across the UK since December 28, with two of the flood alerts concerning areas in Cambridgeshire.

The river level of the River Great Ouse at Welney Causeway has risen to 2.58m which is 0.18m above its "normal" levels.

The peak 2.58m measurement was recorded this morning (January 6) at 11.45am on the government website, and the 'high' water level has caused flooding on the A1101 Welney Wash Road.

The Welney Flood Watch Facebook group provided an update which stated there is seven inches of water on the side of the road travelling to Welney and 13 inches on the deeper side towards Littleport.

Drivers are reminded to drive steadily through the wash, and those unfamiliar with the road and flows are advised to find another route.

Welney was part of the flood alert issued for the Hundred Foot Washes, also known as the Ouse Washes, with high water levels also at Earith and Sutton Gault.

The water levels in the River Great Ouse from Brampton to Earith, which includes Back Brook, Hall Green Brook, Parsons Drove Drain, Swavesey Drain and Wadsbys Folly, have now depleted, and the flood alert was removed today (January 6).

Cambs Times: Parts of Cambridgeshire which have been issued flood alerts.Parts of Cambridgeshire which have been issued flood alerts. (Image: 2022 Microsoft Corporation/2022 TomTom)

A flood alert signals that flooding is possible, and the government website states: "Avoid using low-lying footpaths or entering areas prone to flooding."

The government website also advises that you should act on your flood plan if you have one and take steps such as checking you know how to turn off your gas, electricity and water mains supplies.

The Met Office, however, has said the flood forecast for the next five days from January  3 is "very low", with heavy rain not forecast.