Photos show staggering water levels in Norfolk village
PUBLISHED: 08:42 03 January 2018 | UPDATED: 13:43 03 January 2018
These photos show the extent of flooding in a west Norfolk village.
Villagers in Welney are bracing themselves for weeks of disruption after heavy rains flooded the Wash Road.
Heavy rainfall causes the River Ouse level at Welney Causeway to rise and spill over onto the flood plains, which were built to store excess water centuries ago.
Flooding makes the A1101 impassible between Welney and Suspension Bridge, leaving the village cut off from the south and drivers facing a 30-mile detour.
In 2016, the road was closed for more than a week after days of heavy rainfall led to water levels rising to three metres in some places.
A Environment Agency spokesman said: “Due to the recent heavy rainfall we have seen high river levels across East Anglia.
“With more rain forecast for the coming days it’s likely that more flood water will be going in to the Ouse Washes Flood Storage Reservoir and on to the A1101 Wash Road/Welney Causeway.
“This could lead to the road being closed by Norfolk County Council.”
• You can keep up to date with Flood Alerts and Warnings for your area via the website flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk.