Welney Wash Road reopens after flood waters subside
14:36 07 February 2011
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Drivers have been allowed back on to a road in the Fens which was closed after heavy flooding three weeks ago.
The annual flooding of Welney Wash Road arrived last month and covered the stretch from the Hundred Foot bridge to Suspension Bridge with water and stopped people getting in and out of Welney.
This did not stop drivers, however, from attempting to negotiate the Wash to avoid a 30 mile detour and led to many vehicles becoming stuck and having to reverse back up the road.
But the water has now subsided enough for the road to be re-opened, although another sustained period of rainfall in the coming months could see the road shut again.
Welney resident and businessman Roger Giles said: “The water wasn’t as deep as it has been in recent years and was probably only a couple of inches deep.
“But the water is not far off the road so I don’t think it will be too long before the road is closed again if we have more rain.”
The Welney Washes were built to take floodwater in the Fens and beyond, especially in winter, allowing drainage of large areas of land and creating a haven for wildlife within the Washes.
Since the mid-1970s, however, a combination of factors has led to more regular summer floods and longer, deeper winter flooding.
One of the worst prolonged periods of flooding saw water depth levels reach more than 30 inches with the road closed for several weeks in 2007.