Flood Alert Info - Cottenham Lode in Cambridgeshire

Area Description

Cottenham Lode including Oakington Brook and Wash Pit Brook.
This is a Flood Alert Area. For this area the highest level of flood notification that you will receive is a Flood Alert. No Flood Warnings or Severe Flood Warnings are issued for this area.
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Flood Alert History

Number of historic Flood Alerts that have previously been recorded for this area:
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Historical Flood Alert Messages for this Area

  • We have only been collating detailed flood messages since May 2017.
  • Each Flood Alert may have multiple updates. The messages listed below may therefore be greater than the number of alerts detailed in the Flood Alert table above.

Flood Alert issued on 14 Sep 2021 20:16
Cottenham Lode
River levels are falling at the Oakington but still high at Girton river gauges. Consequently, flooding of roads and farmland is still possible. We expect flooding to affect Cottenham Lode including Oakington Brook, Wash Pit Brook and Beck Brook. No further rainfall is expected tonight. We expect river levels to start falling tonight. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and avoid contact with flood water. This message will be updated tomorrow morning, 15/09/2021, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 14 Sep 2021 15:09
Cottenham Lode
River levels are rising at the Oakington river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of roads and farmland is possible today 14/09/2021. We expect flooding to affect Cottenham Lode including Oakington Brook, Wash Pit Brook and Beck Brook. Further light rainfall is forecast over the next 6 hours. We expect river levels to continue rising this afternoon. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are checking defences and liaising with emergency services. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and avoid contact with flood water. This message will be updated this evening, 14/09/2021, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 20 Jan 2021 18:16
Cottenham Lode
River levels are expected to rise overnight at the Girton and Oakington river gauges as a result of the forecast rainfall. Consequently, flooding of property, roads and farmland is possible overnight on Wednesday 20th January. We expect flooding to affect Cottenham Lode including Oakington Brook, Wash Pit Brook and Beck Brook. The forecast is for rainfall over Wednesday night and into Thursday morning after which a short period of drier, colder conditions are expected. Please avoid using low-lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low-lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. We are closely monitoring the situation. This message will be updated on the morning of Thursday 21st January, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 15 Jan 2021 08:36
Cottenham Lode
River levels are falling at the Oakington and Girton river gauges but remain high downstream. Consequently, flooding of property/roads and farmland is possible today, Friday 15th January. We expect flooding to affect Cottenham Lode including Oakington Brook, Wash Pit Brook and Beck Brook. No rainfall is forecast today but further rain is possible tomorrow, Saturday 16th January. We expect river levels to remain high today. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated this afternoon Friday 15th January, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 14 Jan 2021 17:21
Cottenham Lode
River levels are remain high at the Oakington and Girton river gauge’s as a result of persistent rainfall overnight. Consequently, flooding of property/roads and farmland is possible today, Thursday 14th January. We expect flooding to affect Cottenham Lode including Oakington Brook, Wash Pit Brook and Beck Brook. Further rainfall is forecast over the next 12 hours. We expect river levels to remain high overnight into Friday morning, 15/01/2021. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated on Friday 15th January, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 14 Jan 2021 07:47
Cottenham Lode
River levels are rising at the Oakington river gauge as a result of persistent rainfall overnight. Consequently, flooding of property/roads and farmland is possible today, Thursday 14th January. We expect flooding to affect Cottenham Lode including Oakington Brook, Wash Pit Brook and Beck Brook. Further rainfall is forecast over the next 12 hours. We expect river levels to continue to rise through the morning and early afternoon. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated this afternoon, Thursday 14th January, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 27 Dec 2020 17:32
Cottenham Lode
River levels remain higher than normal at the Oakington and Girton river gauges following the recent heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of roads and farmland is possible. We expect flooding to affect Cottenham Lode including Oakington Brook, Wash Pit Brook and Beck Brook. The forecast is for further rain over the next 24 hours which may result in river levels staying high. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated tomorrow morning, 28/12/2020, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 27 Dec 2020 06:13
Cottenham Lode
River levels remain higher than normal at the Oakington and Girton river gauges following the recent heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of roads and farmland is possible. We expect flooding to affect Cottenham Lode including Oakington Brook, Wash Pit Brook and Beck Brook. Further rainfall is forecast over the next 24 hours which may result in river levels staying high. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated this evening, 27/12/2020, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 26 Dec 2020 17:40
Cottenham Lode
River levels are falling at the Oakington and Girton river gauges following the recent heavy rainfall but remain high. Consequently, flooding of roads and farmland is possible. We expect flooding to affect Cottenham Lode including Oakington Brook, Wash Pit Brook and Beck Brook. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated tomorrow afternoon, 27/12/2020, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 26 Dec 2020 04:00
Cottenham Lode
River levels are falling at the Oakington and Girton river gauges following the recent heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of roads and farmland is possible. We expect flooding to affect Cottenham Lode including Oakington Brook, Wash Pit Brook and Beck Brook. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated tomorrow afternoon, 26/12/2020, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 24 Dec 2020 19:02
Cottenham Lode
River levels remain high but are falling at the Oakington and Girton river gauges following the heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of roads and farmland is expected to continue. We expect flooding to affect Cottenham Lode including Oakington Brook, Wash Pit Brook and Beck Brook. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated tomorrow afternoon, 25/12/2020, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 23 Dec 2020 17:21
Cottenham Lode
River levels are rising at the Oakington and Girton river gauges as a result of heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of property, roads and farmland is possible on Wednesday evening. We expect flooding to affect Cottenham Lode including Oakington Brook, Wash Pit Brook and Beck Brook. Further rainfall is forecast over the next 8 hours. We expect river levels to rise throughout Wednesday night. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated tomorrow morning, 24/12/2020, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 4 Dec 2020 19:48
Cottenham Lode
River levels have risen at the Girton and Oakington river gauges as a result of rainfall throughout yesterday evening and today. Consequently, flooding of roads and farmland is likely. We expect flooding to affect Cottenham Lode including Oakington Brook, Wash Pit Brook and Beck Brook No further significant rainfall is expected over the next 24 hours, however we expect river levels to remain high tonight and tomorrow. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. We are closely monitoring the situation. This message will be updated tomorrow morning, Saturday 5th December, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 4 Dec 2020 12:17
Cottenham Lode
River levels are rising at the Girton river gauge as a result of rainfall overnight and throughout this morning. Consequently, flooding of roads and farmland is possible. We expect flooding to affect Cottenham Lode including Oakington Brook, Wash Pit Brook and Beck Brook Further rainfall is forecast over the next 12 hours and we expect river levels to remain high. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. We are closely monitoring the situation. This message will be updated later this afternoon Friday 4th December, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 2 Mar 2020 08:22
Cottenham Lode
River levels are falling, at the Oakington river gauge, but still pose a flood risk. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers. This message will be updated this afternoon, 02/03/2020, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 1 Mar 2020 16:11
Cottenham Lode
River levels remain high but are falling at the Oakington river gauge. Further rain is forecast over the next 24 hours. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated tomorrow morning, 02/03/2020, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 1 Mar 2020 08:10
Cottenham Lode
River levels remain high but are falling at the Oakington river gauge. Further rain is forecast over the next 24 hours. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated this afternoon, 01/03/2020, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 29 Feb 2020 16:28
Cottenham Lode
River levels remain high but are falling at the Oakington river gauge. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated tomorrow morning, 01/03/2020, or as the situation changes


Flood Alert issued on 29 Feb 2020 08:23
Cottenham Lode
River levels remain high at the Oakington river gauge as a result of persistent rainfall. Consequently, flooding of roads and farmland is possible. We expect flooding to affect Cottenham Lode including Oakington Brook, Wash Pit Brook and Beck Brook. Further rainfall is forecast over the next 24 hours. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated this afternoon, 29/02/2020, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 28 Feb 2020 18:01
Cottenham Lode
River levels have risen at the Oakington river gauge as a result of persistent rainfall. Consequently, flooding of roads and farmland is possible. We expect flooding to affect Cottenham Lode including Oakington Brook, Wash Pit Brook and Beck Brook Further rainfall is forecast over the next 24 hours. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated tomorrow morning, 29/02/2020, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 15 Jan 2020 07:43
Cottenham Lode
River levels have risen at the Oakington river gauge as a result of yesterday evenings rainfall. Consequently, flooding is possible. No property flooding is expected. We expect flooding to affect Cottenham Lode including Oakington Brook, Wash Pit Brook and Beck Brook Please plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. We are closely monitoring the situation. This message will be updated by 16:00 on Wednesday 15 January 2020, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 20 Dec 2019 19:04
Cottenham Lode
River levels remain high at the Oakington river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of low lying areas could occur. Flooding could affect Cottenham Lode including Oakington Brook, Wash Pit Brook and Beck Brook. Further rainfall is forecast over the next 24 hours. Where this falls on saturated ground, river levels could rise further. Our incident response staff are monitoring the situation. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated on Saturday 21 December, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 20 Dec 2019 09:13
Cottenham Lode
River levels are rising at the Oakington river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of low lying areas could occur. We expect flooding to affect Cottenham Lode including Oakington Brook, Wash Pit Brook and Beck Brook. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes avoiding low lying roads which may be flooded. The forecast is for further rainfall throughout Friday which could cause river levels to rise further. This message will be updated this afternoon, 20/12/2020, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 15 Dec 2019 08:43
Cottenham Lode
River levels are high but steady at the Girton and Oakington river gauges after heavy rainfall. Consequently, the risk of flooding remains. This message relates to the Cottenham Lode including Oakington Brook, Wash Pit Brook and Beck Brook. Further showers are forecast over the next 24 hours. Our incident response staff are monitoring the situation. Please avoid contact with flood water. This message will be updated this afternoon, 15/12/2019, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 14 Dec 2019 19:12
Cottenham Lode
River levels are falling at the Girton and Oakington river gauges. Consequently, the risk of flooding is reducing. This update relates to Cottenham Lode including Oakington Brook, Wash Pit Brook and Beck Brook. Further rainfall is forecast over the next 24 hours. Our incident response staff are monitoring the situation. Please avoid contact with flood water. This message will be updated tomorrow morning, 15/12/2019, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 14 Dec 2019 09:48
Cottenham Lode
River levels are falling at the Girton and Oakington river gauges. Consequently, the risk of flooding is reducing. This message relates to the Cottenham Lode including Oakington Brook, Wash Pit Brook and Beck Brook. Further rainfall is forecast over the next 48 hours. Our incident response staff are monitoring the situation. Please avoid contact with flood water. This message will be updated this evening, 14/12/2019, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 13 Dec 2019 18:02
Cottenham Lode
River levels remain high but are beginning to fall at the Girton and Oakington river gauges. Consequently, the risk of flooding is reducing. We expect flooding to affect Cottenham Lode including Oakington Brook, Wash Pit Brook and Beck Brook. Further rainfall is forecast over the next 48 hours. Our incident response staff are continuing to monitor the situation. Please avoid contact with flood water. This message will be updated tomorrow morning, 14/12/2019, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 13 Dec 2019 11:13
Cottenham Lode
River levels are high but steady at the Girton river gauge as a result of persistent heavy rainfall. Consequently, the risk of flooding remains. We expect flooding to affect Cottenham Lode including Oakington Brook, Wash Pit Brook and Beck Brook. Further light rainfall is forecast over the next 24 hours. Our incident response staff are continuing to monitor the situation. Please avoid contact with flood water. This message will be updated this evening, 13/12/19, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 12 Dec 2019 22:04
Cottenham Lode
River levels are rising at the Oakington river gauge as a result of persistent heavy rainfall. Consequently, the risk of flooding is increasing. We expect flooding to affect Cottenham Lode including Oakington Brook, Wash Pit Brook and Beck Brook. Further light rainfall is forecast over the next 24 hours. We expect river levels to remain high over the next 24 hours. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid contact with flood water. This message will be updated tomorrow morning, 13/12/2019, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 14 Nov 2019 18:03
Cottenham Lode


Flood Alert issued on 14 Nov 2019 12:48
Cottenham Lode
River levels are rising at the Oakington river gauge as a result of persistent heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of roads and farmland is possible today, 14/11/19. We expect flooding to affect Cottenham Lode including Oakington Brook, Wash Pit Brook and Beck Brook No further significant rainfall is forecast. However, we expect river levels to continue rising throughout this afternoon. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. This message will be updated this evening, 14/11/19, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 14 Oct 2019 17:03
Cottenham Lode
River levels are forecast to rise as a result of heavy rainfall in the catchment late this afternoon and into this evening. We expect flooding to affect Cottenham Lode including Oakington Brook, Wash Pit Brook and Beck Brook. Our incident response staff are closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated tomorrow morning 15/10/2019, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 24 Jun 2019 20:48
Cottenham Lode
River levels are forecast to rise at the Oakington river gauge as a result of localised thunderstorms and heavy rainfall. At present there is low confidence in the timing and location of the rainfall given the unpredictable nature of thunderstorms. Current forecasts suggest that flooding may affect Cottenham Lode including Oakington Brook and Wash Pit Brook in the early hours between 02:00 and 06:00 on 25/06/19. Our incident response staff are monitoring the situation. This message will be updated tomorrow morning, 25/06/2019, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 2 Apr 2018 07:13
Cottenham Lode
This message has been issued due to the persistent, heavy rainfall currently affecting the area. This means that the Cottenham Lode is rising. The forecast is for further light rain this morning. We are expecting river levels to rise steadily in response to the rainfall. Locations most at risk are Cottenham Lode including Oakington Brook and Wash Pit Brook. The Environment Agency are monitoring river levels and have staff in the field checking for and clearing blockages. Do not walk or drive through flood water. Take care on riverside roads and footpaths. Take care near the areas of concern and monitor your local weather conditions.


Flood Alert issued on 31 Mar 2018 09:48
Cottenham Lode
This message has been issued due to the heavy rain experienced over the last 24 hours. This means that the ground is saturated and responsive to further rainfall in this area. The forecast is for further light rain over the next 24 hours. River levels are currently falling but will rise again in response to any further rainfall. Locations most at risk are Cottenham Lode including Oakington Brook and Wash Pit Brook. The Environment Agency are monitoring river levels and have staff in the field checking for and clearing blockages. Take care near the areas of concern and monitor your local weather conditions.


Flood Alert issued on 30 Mar 2018 21:08
Cottenham Lode
This message has been issued due to the persistent, heavy rainfall currently affecting the area. This means that the Cottenham Lode is rising. The forecast is for heavy rain which may be intense, but will pass quickly. We are expecting river levels to rise quickly in response to the rainfall. Locations most at risk are Cottenham Lode including Oakington Brook and Wash Pit Brook. The Environment Agency are monitoring river levels and have staff in the field checking for and clearing blockages. Remain vigilant as further rainfall may lead to further heightened river levels/flood risk. Take care near the areas of concern and monitor your local weather conditions. Do not walk or drive through flood water.


Flood Alert issued on 28 Dec 2017 16:24
Cottenham Lode
This message has been issued as an update to the flood alert currently in force for Cottenham Lode. The forecast is for drier weather conditions this evening though we are expecting further rainfall tomorrow morning, Friday 29th December. We expect the river to remain high throughout this evening and tomorrow, though no flooding to properties is forecast and warnings are not expected to be issued at this time. Locations most at risk are Cottenham Lode including Oakington Brook and Wash Pit Brook. The Environment Agency are continuing to monitor river levels. Take care near the areas of concern and monitor your local weather conditions.


Flood Alert issued on 28 Dec 2017 10:39
Cottenham Lode
This message has been issued due to the heavy rain experienced over the last 36 hours. The forecast is for drier weather conditions today though we are expecting further rainfall tomorrow morning, Friday 29th December. We expect river levels to remain high throughout today and tomorrow though no flooding to properties is forecast and warnings are not expected to be issued at this time. Locations most at risk are Cottenham Lode including Oakington Brook and Wash Pit Brook. The Environment Agency are monitoring river levels and have staff in the field checking for and clearing blockages. Take care near the areas of concern and monitor your local weather conditions.


Flood Alert issued on 27 Dec 2017 16:23
Cottenham Lode
This message has been issued due to the heavy rain experienced over the last 24 hours. Rivers have reacted to this rainfall and levels currently remain high. The forecast is for further light rain this afternoon though we are expecting drier conditions to follow tomorrow, Thursday 28th December. Locations most at risk are Cottenham Lode including Oakington Brook and Wash Pit Brook. We expect the river to remain high throughout today though no flooding to properties is forecast and warnings are not expected to be issued. Take care near the areas of concern and monitor your local weather conditions. We are continuing to monitor river levels. This message will be updated tomorrow morning or earlier if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 27 Dec 2017 06:17
Cottenham Lode
Locations most at risk are Cottenham Lode including Oakington Brook and Wash Pit Brook. This message has been issued due to the heavy rain overnight. This means that the Cottenham Lode including Oakington Brook and Wash Pit Brook is reacting to the rain and expected to remain high throughout the day, as more rainfall is forecast until this evening. Locations most at risk are Cottenham Lode including Oakington Brook and Wash Pit Brook. There may be flooding to low lying land and roads close to the river. We expect the river to remain high throughout today though no flooding to properties is forecast and warnings are not expected to be issued. Take care near the areas of concern and monitor your local weather conditions We are constantly monitoring river levels and have staff in the area checking for and clearing blockages in this location. This message will be updated tomorrow morning or earlier if the situation changes