Fenland District Council leaders have thanked those who helped residents affected by flooding in the wake of Storm Henk.

With some residents impacted by localised flooding issues, Cllr Chris Boden, Leader of Fenland District Council, said: “On behalf of the leaders of the council, I would like to place on record our gratitude to all those who assisted people affected by flooding.

“This includes the emergency services, drainage boards and many unsung heroes who went above and beyond to help others.

“In particular, I would like to thank Cllr Tim Taylor and fellow members of the farming community who responded to his call for assistance, and Cllr Charlie Marks.

“These councillors went above and beyond their role as they worked hard to help people affected in their communities.

“This council would like to formally thank and applaud them for the exemplary work they carried out.”

Cllr Taylor, Fenland District Council member for March West and Benwick and chairman of the council’s rural and farming executive advisory committee, deployed several tankers to help pump water from affected homes in the March and Chatteris areas.

Cllr Charlie Marks, Fenland District Council member for Chatteris north and Manea, and members of Manea Parish Council, visited homes that have previously been flooded in the village to see what measures could be put in place to prevent them being flooded again.

Although these homes were not affected as badly on this occasion, the heavy rainfall caused flooding issues in different parts of the village.

Cllr Marks said: “New flooding hot spots were identified which now have to be surveyed to understand why.

“I have now asked the drainage team at lead local flood authority, Cambridgeshire County Council, to attend an on-site meeting to investigate these new hot spot areas.”

Cllr Boden said the council would also like to thank all the other partners involved in the local flooding prevention and recovery efforts, including the district’s Internal Drainage Boards (IDBs), the Environment Agency and the emergency services.

The Middle Level Commissioners (MLC) administer 29 IDBs and are the authority responsible for managing water levels in the Fens.

The MLC works alongside neighbouring drainage boards including the North Level District Internal Drainage Board.