Video: Driver attempts to travel along heavily flooded road to avoid long detour around Welney Washes

The A1101 at Welney is closed due to flooding. Picture: Ian Burt The A1101 at Welney is closed due to flooding. Picture: Ian Burt

Friday, November 30, 2012
12:06 PM

Drivers continue to run the risk of getting stuck along a flooded road in the Fens to avoid a 30-mile detour.

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The A1101 at Welney was closed earlier this month after heavy rainfall caused the River Ouse level at Welney Causeway to rise and spill over onto the flood plains, built to store excess water.

But people have been ignoring the warning signs and driving through the flooded stretch from the Hundred Foot Bridge to Suspension Bridge to get in and out of the village.

The EDP has been shown this video of a driver wading his way through deep water at Welney Wash before eventually making it back on to dry land.

It is the second time this year the stretch of road across the Welney Washes has been shut.

An Environment Agency spokesman said: “We strongly recommend that people stick to the guidelines and adhere to them in the interest of their own safety.

“We will advise the Highway Authority when the waters have receded sufficiently enough to reopen the road.”

At 3.15pm yesterday the river level of the River Ouse at Welney Causeway, which usually lies at between nought and two metres, was measured at 3.75metres.

The Welney Washes were built in the 18th century to take floodwater in the Fens and beyond, especially in winter, as the great drainers began reclaiming the vast wetlands for farming.

Over the centuries, the area between the Delph and tidal Ouse has become a haven for birds and other wildlife, including thousands of swans.

Since the mid-1970s, however, a combination of factors has led to more regular summer floods and longer, deeper winter flooding.

Siltation in the tidal river has meant it takes longer to clear the water off the land in the spring via the pumps at Welmore Sluice.

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.

But when temperatures fall below freezing, the vast expanses of shallow water freeze, which attracts people from across the country to enjoy traditional fen skating.

8 comments

  • Good advert for Land rover - I think it was okay for them to try it, like they said in the video next time they would go the long way round. We used to do that in the Army but we had to, how many of you with 4x4's would actually use your 4x4's to do that instead of the usual school run shopping trip etc? Well done lads like it lol...

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    GSXR

    Friday, November 30, 2012

  • In the military you had to do things like that because you were ordered to; these 2 were totally irresponsible and selfish, even if the vehicle could do it!!!

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    macmillan7382

    Saturday, December 1, 2012

  • How irresponsible is it to show this video? On this occasiion the driver got away with it but he might have become stranded and required a masive effort rom the emergency services to resue him. It didn't do the car any good either with water pouring in and possible damage to the engine, exhaust and brakes with the risk of compromising vehicle safety later on the journey.

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    JCW

    Friday, November 30, 2012

  • How irresponsible is it to show this video? On this occasiion the driver got away with it but he might have become stranded and required a masive effort rom the emergency services to rescue him. It didn't do the car any good either with water pouring in and possible damage to the engine, exhaust and brakes with the risk of compromising vehicle safety later on the journey.

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    JCW

    Friday, November 30, 2012

  • JCW. You obviously know NOTHING about Land Rover Defenders. They are DESIGNED to cope with this sort of terrain. The vehicle will have had a snorkel (or raised air intake) above the ROOF LINE, so no damage to the engine. The interior is designed to cope with water ingress, as are the brakes. How would water damage the exhaust?? The driver obviously knows the route, and knows how to drive in water, as he had a perfect "bow wave" in front of his Defender. . . . I have been through deep water like this in My Defender. It coped with it EASILY. . . . Good old Land Rovers. The go anywhere vehicle.

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    Lord Elf

    Friday, November 30, 2012

  • The heading is wrong I think? He doesn't attempt, he manages.

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    The Scarlet Pimpernel

    Saturday, December 1, 2012

  • So they drove through over 3' of water safely. If they did get stuck perhaps we could call on the help of Suffolk Police's elite tractor squad. Mind you their brand new tractor might get dirty so they might not want to help.

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    Fly Tipper

    Friday, November 30, 2012

  • Get a life you guys, jealously will get you nowhere!!!!!

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    Zeus

    Tuesday, December 4, 2012

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