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All clear again for drivers as flood waters recede

PUBLISHED: 15:19 06 January 2020 | UPDATED: 16:19 06 January 2020

Welney Wash Road has re-opened after weeks of being covered by floodwater   Picture: Ian Burt

Welney Wash Road has re-opened after weeks of being covered by floodwater Picture: Ian Burt

PAUL TIBBS PHOTOGRAPHY

Receding flood waters mean drivers can once again use a road through the low-lying Fens safely.

Welney Wash Road has re-opened after weeks of being covered by floodwater   Picture: Ian BurtWelney Wash Road has re-opened after weeks of being covered by floodwater Picture: Ian Burt

The A1101 Wash Road at Welney, near Downham Market, has been closed since November 27.

It crosses the Welney Washes, between the Delph and Hundred Foot rivers, which are designed to absorb excess water each winter to safeguard communities from flooding.

Welney Wash Road has re-opened after weeks of being covered by floodwater   Picture: Ian BurtWelney Wash Road has re-opened after weeks of being covered by floodwater Picture: Ian Burt

Despite warnings to avoid the route, vehicles get stuck each year as drivers ignore the signs and try their luck.

Now water levels have fallen far enough for the road to be used safely again.

Welney Wash Road has re-opened after weeks of being covered by floodwater   Picture: Ian BurtWelney Wash Road has re-opened after weeks of being covered by floodwater Picture: Ian Burt

These spectacular drone pictures by Ian Burt show the extent of flooding nearby, with fields on either side of the Wash Road still under water.

Welney Wash Road has re-opened after weeks of being covered by floodwater   Picture: Ian BurtWelney Wash Road has re-opened after weeks of being covered by floodwater Picture: Ian Burt

Welney Wash Road has re-opened after weeks of being covered by floodwater   Picture: Ian BurtWelney Wash Road has re-opened after weeks of being covered by floodwater Picture: Ian Burt

Welney Wash Road has re-opened after weeks of being covered by floodwater   Picture: Ian BurtWelney Wash Road has re-opened after weeks of being covered by floodwater Picture: Ian Burt

Welney Wash Road has re-opened after weeks of being covered by floodwater   Picture: Ian BurtWelney Wash Road has re-opened after weeks of being covered by floodwater Picture: Ian Burt

Welney Wash Road has re-opened after weeks of being covered by floodwater   Picture: Ian BurtWelney Wash Road has re-opened after weeks of being covered by floodwater Picture: Ian Burt

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