The water levels at Whittlesey Washes have being falling steadily yesterday and today Tuesday 21st of January, and we do not expect any further flooding to B1040 road. There may be standing water in low lying areas and fields for several days.
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Some people are getting ‘confused’ between the two sets of warnings – even though maps showing the effected roads are being shown!!! see below this warning other concerns.
Irresponsible person/s removed the locks on both flood gates at East Delph & Whittlesey side of the Dog-in-a-Doublet Bridge over night.
At the moment sitting water remains on sections on the B1040 and CCC Highways haven’t cleared any of the debris that has been deposited on the road from ongoing flooding.
This has placed innocent drivers at risk, vehicle insurance will be null & void plus and prosecution from the Police as the Road Closure signage clearly indicates the B1040 is closed due to flooding.
I have just spoken to CCC Emergency Highways Team – they were alerted by Mick at the Dog-in-a-Doublet Sluice Gates having raised the alarm and knowing the anticipated amount of water entering Whittlesey Washes today.
CCC Highways are tasked with ensuring Highways remain closed and at no risk to human life when they receive an order from the Environment Agency.
CCC Highways are now considering returning to using a crane and installing concrete blocks in the future – this could mean Whittlesey Wash section of the B1040 will be closed before the indicated time of predicted flooding and in turn the clearance operation will take longer before the highway can be reopened to traffic.
This morning CCC Highways are looking to see if the locks can be replaced, all providing the gates are not damaged. If not, the only option is to mobilise a crane and install concrete blocks as from experience certain drivers completely ignore warning tapes & cones by removing.
Both meeting for tonight have been cancelled – Finance & Policy Committee and Planning Committee.
The F&P has little new items to be discussed and the budget for 20/21 has been to full council last month.
There were only two items on the Planning Agenda.
Flood Warning no longer in force: Northbank Road alongside the River Nene, East of Peterborough and West of Dog-in-a-Doublet Sluice.
Sent to me from a recent posting on social media…..This has a lot of potential…?
Unedited and thanks…
I’ve invented a new board game which I hope to have on the market in time for when we get a bridge over the Kings Dyke crossing or eternity which ever comes first.
It is called ESCAPE FROM WHITTLESEY briefly based on Monopoly whereby the players choose a vehicle🚗🚕🚙 then rolls a dice, make circuits of the board and then eventually choose a road to try to escape, picking up 200 pence if they don’t go to jail every time they complete a circuit. The more circuits they complete before taking their chosen exit route the more funds they will have accumulated and the better chance they will have of getting to their destination and claiming victory over their opponents .
Completing each circuit will be not easy, many hazards such as speed cameras detecting anyone travelling more than 6 mph exist and fines for this and landing on an illegal parking square on the board will diminish your funds and delay your attempted escape.
Station Road will be closed at the crossing, Eastrea Road will be no entry so those attempting to go via the A605 (the seemingly cheapest option) would find that there will no chance to turn back once stopped at either a succession of road works or the railway gates, get fined every time they swear 🤬 and more than likely leave the game and go and put the kettle on. To the survivors who had been sensible enough to accumulate enough funds they will be met with a road closure at Stanground and their only route back to the board will be via Farcet and the Fen.
Those escaping along the obvious route via Pondesbridge will find to their amazement that it is now a toll road and will have to return and circuit the board a few times to raise more funds. Those that do eventually manage to afford it will find that the only route open will eventually be Gosling Drove with the left hand lane closed for resurfacing and will then meet head on the survivors of the A605 travellers coming back to Whittlesey from the other way. Collisions will mean instant expulsion from the game.
The third and final option will be via Thorney ( The North Bank will obviously be closed but no doubt many will still use it 😉) and a lucky player landing on square 13 will after accumulating enough funds be able to buy a boat 🚣♀️🚣♂️⛵️🛶 to negotiate the B1040.
This board game will probably be renamed by anyone who is still reading this post as a bored game and in which case thanks anyway and have a lovely evening 😂😉😂
PS as the game is in an early stage of development any suggestions of possible amendments would be welcome but “stick it in the bin ” would not be considered viable. Thanks for playing! 🤓
RG – I am sure there will be a lot of other additions to this very realistic game – keep it coming…
My thanks to JF, AO & RB for the photo’s.
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