Floodwaters begin to recede across the Mercury area

Flooding on Stamford Meadows - the River Welland and Mill Stream from Town Bridge Photo: MSMP241212-004js
Flooding on Stamford Meadows - the River Welland and Mill Stream from Town Bridge Photo: MSMP241212-004js

Floodwaters are now starting to recede after heavy rain over the festive period led to a wet Christmas for residents across the region.

Fields flooded around the River Welland, the River Nene and the River Gwash this week as the heavens opened, causing water levels to rise.

The Environment Agency issued flood warnings for the Nene valley around Yarwell, Wansford and Elton. An alert was also issued for the Welland and its tributaries at Market Deeping.

The Meadows in Stamford flooded for the second time in a month as water levels in the Welland rose, although this time it remained open to the public.

Many fields around the River Nene in Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire also flooded.

An Environment Agency spokesman said: “Water levels are expected to remain high for the next few days.

“There are heavy showers forecast but the good news is water levels are receding upstream.

“We expect flood alerts for the lower Welland valley to remain in place for the next few days.”