Video: WELNEY: Wash road is flooded again and leaves the village marooned

PUBLISHED: 14:32 14 November 2008 | UPDATED: 08:43 02 June 2010

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THE Welney Wash road is, today, again flooded and the A1101 has been closed, leaving drivers frustrated and facing a 25-mile detour to Littleport. Villagers and commuters have suffered from the flooding of the Ouse Washes for the last decade. Welney resid

THE Welney Wash road is, today, again flooded and the A1101 has been closed, leaving drivers frustrated and facing a 25-mile detour to Littleport.

Villagers and commuters have suffered from the flooding of the Ouse Washes for the last decade.

Welney residents blame the flooding on the silting up of the tidal river between St Germans and the Welmore Lake Sluice, at the end of the River Delph.

The Environment Agency, however, says the flooding is caused by the Welmore Lake Sluice being unable to discharge water at low tide levels. It also blames excessive rainfall.

South West Norfolk MP Christopher Fraser blames a lack of investment in drainage systems and brought the issue to the House of Commons last year.

And residents want to see the three-quarters-of-a-mile stretch of road on the Washes made higher by at least one foot, because they feel it would alleviate the problem.

However, while villagers, Welney councillors and the Environment Agency consider the best solution to prevent the road flooding, the village has been cut off to traffic from one side.

Reporters Tom Jackson and Adam Lazzari went to Welney today to record this film.


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