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Floodwater levels continue to be monitored as peak water level

December 26, 2020 4:20 PM
Originally published by Dave Hodgson - Mayor of Bedford Borough

Bedford Town Bridge Flooding December 2020With flood warnings still in place for the River Great Ouse, Bedford Borough Council and partners including Bedfordshire Police, Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue and volunteer groups are continuing to monitor the situation as the floodwater levels have peaked at Bedford town centre and move through the villages to the east of Bedford.

If you live in this part of the Borough and have been contacted and advised to leave your home due to the threat of flooding, and you can do so safely, emergency services and the local authority are strongly encouraging you to do so.

The COVID-safe emergency assistance centre at Bedford International Athletic Stadium remains open for people who have to evacuate due to flooding, but do not have another location to go to at this time, but has seen limited use so far.

Before evacuating, be sure to turn off gas, water and electricity and move any valuables upstairs. Only take what you need such as medication and any insurance documents.

Mayor Dave Hodgson, said: "The peak of the water levels have now passed through Bedford, but our officers continue to be out monitoring the peak as it moves east and responding to requests for assistance. Floodwaters remain across Bedford Borough so please take care and if you are going out please avoid them, they may be deeper than you think or contain unseen hazards.

If you need assistance, there is support and advice available via the Council's floodline on 01234 718007.

"We would like to thank everyone involved, including all of the volunteers for their vital help and support through this incident, and also the many offers of help that have come through from the public."

With floodwaters still high throughout the borough, people are advised to stay vigilant if out and about and avoid driving or walking through floodwater.

For updates and advice visit about flood warnings visit https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/warnings