Floodwaters recede from The Meadows in Stamford

Public access to The Meadows in Stamford has been reopened after flooding caused it to be closed off
Public access to The Meadows in Stamford has been reopened after flooding caused it to be closed off

The Meadows in Stamford have been reopened to the public after flood waters receded.

Police closed the footbridges near the Bath Row and Cattle Market car parks yesterday (Monday) as a safety precaution after the River Welland overflowed, covering about half of The Meadows with flood water.

They also closed Bath Row to traffic.

But the cordons have now been removed and pedestrians can now walk freely across The Meadows, although some water remains.

A spokesman for the Environment Agency said: “We currently have no flood warnings or alerts in place in Stamford.

“We do not expect water levels to rise above the peak levels they were at yesterday.

“However, we do urge that people remain vigilant and keep checking the Environment Agency website or call Floodline on 0845 988 1188 for any updates.”

Yesterday some traders near The Meadows complained that South Kesteven District Council had refused their request for sandbags.

But head of environmental services Mark Taylor said: “Council policy is to give sandbags to the old, vulnerable and infirm and to use them to protect council property and critical infrastructure such as substations.

“We will also provide sandbags if requested by the police, fire or Lincolnshire Emergency Planning.

“We are not able to provide sandbags to private householders and tenants or businesses but these can be purchased at local builders’ merchants.”

Stamford Town Council is providing sandbags from the town hall in St Mary’s Hill. Sand can be collection from Stamford Town Cricket Club’s ground in Uffington Road.

Towns and villages across the Mercury area have been hit by flooding since the weekend.

Yesterday the Enivronment Agency issued a flood warning for the River Nene area, from Stibbington to the Town Bridge in Peterborough.