Flood Alert Info - Upper River Cam in Essex and Cambridgeshire

Flood Alert Currently in Force

Flood Alert issued on 16 Jan 2021 17:53
River Cam
River levels are rising again at the Great Chesterford river gauge as a result of rainfall on Thursday 14th January. Consequently, flooding of property, roads and farmland is still possible. We expect flooding to affect River Cam from Newport to Whittlesford including the Slades. No further rainfall is forecast. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are checking defences and liaising with emergency services. Please plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded and avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. This message will be updated tomorrow morning, 17/01/2021, or as the situation changes.

Area Description

River Cam from Newport to Whittlesford including the Slades.
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 16 Jan 2021 07:58
River Cam
River levels have been falling at the Great Chesterford river gauge, although river levels remain high downstream as a result of recent rainfall. Consequently, flooding of property roads and farmland remains possible today, Saturday 16th January. We expect flooding to affect the River Cam from Newport to Whittlesford including the Slades. Further rainfall is forecast for today which may see river levels begin to rise again. 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, Saturday 16th January, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 15 Jan 2021 20:32
River Cam
River levels have been falling at the Great Chesterford river gauge, although river levels remain high downstream as a result of recent rainfall. Consequently, flooding of property roads and farmland remains possible tonight, Friday 15 January and into tomorrow Saturday 16 January. We expect flooding to affect the River Cam from Newport to Whittlesford including the Slades. Further rainfall is forecast for tomorrow morning, Saturday 16 January. We expect river levels to remain high over the next few days. 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, Saturday 16 January, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 15 Jan 2021 09:41
River Cam
River levels have risen and are high at the Great Chesterford river gauge as a result of persistent rainfall throughout the day yesterday. Consequently, flooding of property roads and farmland is possible today Friday, 15/01/2021. We expect flooding to affect the River Cam from Newport to Whittlesford including the Slades. No rainfall is forecast today, however further rainfall is possible tomorrow, Saturday 16/01/2021. This may result in river levels remaining high or rising again over the weekend. 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 20:24
River Cam
River levels are rising at the Great Chesterford river gauge as a result of persistent rainfall. Consequently, flooding of property, roads and farmland is possible over Thursday night and into Friday, 15/01/2021. We expect flooding to affect the River Cam from Newport to Whittlesford including the Slades. Further rainfall is forecast over the next 12 hours. We expect river levels to continue to rise over Thursday night into Friday, 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 Friday 15th January, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 14 Jan 2021 10:11
River Cam
River levels are rising at the Great Chesterford 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 the River Cam from Newport to Whittlesford including the Slades. 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 28 Dec 2020 12:56
River Cam
River levels have fallen at the Great Chesterford river gauge, but remain higher than normal downstream at Grantchester. This means that flooding of roads and farmland continues to be possible along the River Cam from Newport to Whittlesford including the Slades. No Significant rainfall is forecast for Monday 28th and Tuesday 29th December 2020. 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, Tuesday 29 December 2020, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 27 Dec 2020 18:01
River Cam
River levels remain higher than normal at the Great Chesterford river gauge, and remain high down to Grantchester as a result of recent heavy rainfall. This means that flooding of roads and farmland is possible. We expect flooding to affect River Cam from Newport to Whittlesford including the Slades. 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 06:12
River Cam
River levels remain higher than normal at the Great Chesterford river gauge, and remain high down to Grantchester as a result of recent heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of roads and farmland is possible. We expect flooding to affect the River Cam from Newport to Whittlesford including the Slades. 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 17:57
River Cam
River levels are rising at the Great Chesterford river gauge, and remain high down to Grantchester as a result of recent heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of roads and farmland is possible. We expect flooding to affect River Cam from Newport to Whittlesford including the Slades. 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, 27/12/20, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 26 Dec 2020 04:17
River Cam
River levels are falling at the Great Chesterford river gauge, but remain high down to Grantchester as a result of recent heavy rainfall.Consequently, flooding of roads and farmland is possible. We expect flooding to affect River Cam from Newport to Whittlesford including the Slades. 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, 26/12/20, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 24 Dec 2020 20:18
River Cam
River levels have risen at the Great Chesterford river gauge as a result of persistent heavy rainfall yesterday and throughout the night. Consequently, flooding of roads and farmland is possible. We expect flooding to affect River Cam from Newport to Whittlesford including the Slades. Further light rainfall is possible over the next 24 hours. We expect river levels to remain high throughout tomorrow. 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 plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated tomorrow afternoon, 25/12/20, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 24 Dec 2020 08:46
River Cam
River levels are rising at the Great Chesterford river gauge as a result of persistent heavy rainfall yesterday and throughout the night. Consequently, flooding of roads and farmland is possible. We expect flooding to affect River Cam from Newport to Whittlesford including the Slades. Further light rainfall is possible over the next 24 hours. We expect river levels to remain high throughout the day today. 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 plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated this afternoon, Thursday 24th December, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 6 Dec 2020 08:19
River Cam
River levels are falling but remain high at the Great Chesterford river gauge as a result of the rainfall earlier this week. This may affect low lying land, roads and riverside areas close to the River Cam from Newport to Whittlesford including the Slades. Further light showers are possible over the next 24 hours, however we expect river levels to continue to fall steadily throughout today and tomorrow. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. We are closely monitoring the situation and this message will be updated tomorrow morning, Monday 7th December, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 5 Dec 2020 09:04
River Cam
River levels remain high at the Great Chesterford river gauge as a result of the rainfall yesterday. This may affect low lying land, roads and riverside areas close to the River Cam from Newport to Whittlesford including the Slades. Only light rain is forecast from now until Tuesday. We expect river levels to remain high today and tomorrow. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. We are closely monitoring the situation and this message will be updated tomorrow morning, Sunday 6th December, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 4 Dec 2020 14:50
River Cam
River levels are continuing to rise at the Great Chesterford river gauge as a result of the rainfall yesterday and throughout the day today. This may affect low lying land, roads and riverside areas close to the River Cam from Newport to Whittlesford including the Slades. Further light rainfall is forecast over the next 12 hours which may result in further level rise. We expect river levels to remain high today and tomorrow. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. We are closely monitoring the situation and this message will be updated tomorrow morning, Saturday 5th December, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 4 Dec 2020 09:15
River Cam
River levels are rising at the Great Chesterford river gauge as a result of the rainfall yesterday and overnight. This may affect low lying land, roads and riverside areas close to the River Cam from Newport to Whittlesford including the Slades. Flooding of properties is not forecast at this point. Further rainfall is forecast until lunchtime today. We expect river levels to remain high today and tomorrow. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. We are closely monitoring the situation and this message will be updated by 3pm, Friday 4th December.


Flood Alert issued on 17 Feb 2020 16:33
River Cam
River levels are falling at the Great Chesterford river gauge but remain high downstream as a result of recent rainfall. Consequently, flooding of low lying land and roads is expected. We expect flooding to affect River Cam from Newport to Whittlesford including the Slades. No more significant rainfall is expected. 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, 18/02/20, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 17 Feb 2020 07:33
River Cam
River levels are beginning to fall at the Great Chesterford river gauge but are still rising downstream as a result of recent rainfall. Consequently, flooding of low lying land and roads is expected. We expect flooding to affect River Cam from Newport to Whittlesford including the Slades. No more significant rainfall is expected. 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, 17/02/20, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 16 Feb 2020 18:19
River Cam
River levels are rising at the Great Chesterford river gauge as a result of recent rainfall. Consequently, flooding of low lying land and roads is expected. We expect flooding to affect River Cam from Newport to Whittlesford including the Slades. No more significant rainfall is expected. 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, 17/02/20, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 16 Jan 2020 18:51
River Cam
River levels remain high but are beginning to fall at the Great Chesterford river gauge. We expect flooding to affect the River Cam from Newport to Whittlesford including the Slades. Further heavy rainfall is forecast over the next 12 hours. River levels are falling, but may rise again as a result of further rainfall. 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, 17/01/2020, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 16 Jan 2020 10:09
River Cam
River levels are falling at the Great Chesterford river gauge bur remain high downstream as a result of recent rainfall. The risk of flooding to low lying roads and land remains. We expect flooding to affect the River Cam from Newport to Whittlesford including the Slades. Further rainfall is forecast over the next 24 hours. We expect river levels to remain high for the next few days. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid using low lying roads and footpaths near local watercourses. This message will be updated this afternoon, 16/01/2020, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 15 Jan 2020 17:26
River Cam
River levels have risen at the Great Chesterford river gauge as a result of persistent heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of low lying roads and land is possible over the next couple of days. We expect flooding to affect the River Cam from Newport to Whittlesford including the Slades. Further light rainfall is forecast over the next 48 hours. We expect river levels to remain high for the next few days. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid using low lying roads and footpaths near local watercourses. This message will be updated tomorrow morning, 16/01/2020, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 15 Jan 2020 14:02
River Cam
River levels are rising at the Great Chesterford river gauge as a result of persistent heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of low lying roads and farmland is possible today, Wednesday 15th and tomorrow, Thursday 16th. We expect flooding to affect River Cam from Newport to Whittlesford including the Slades. Further light rainfall is forecast over the next 48 hours. We expect river levels to remain high over the next couple of days. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are checking defences. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. This message will be updated this evening, 15/01/20, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 22 Dec 2019 16:58
River Cam
River levels remain high downstream of Great Chesterford river gauge, as a result of recent heavy rainfall. Consequently, the risk of flooding remains. This will affect the River Cam from Newport to Whittlesford including the Slades. River levels are currently starting to fall but are expected to remain high. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid contact with flood water. This message will be updated tomorrow morning, Monday 23 December, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 22 Dec 2019 08:28
River Cam
River levels are falling but remain high downstream of the Great Chesterford river gauge, as a result of recent rainfall. Flooding could affect the River Cam from Newport to Whittlesford including the Slades. Light rainfall is forecast over the next 24 hours. We expect river levels to continue falling. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid contact with flood water. This message will be updated this afternoon, Sunday 22 December, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 21 Dec 2019 21:26
River Cam
River levels remain high downstream of the Great Chesterford river gauge, as a result of recent heavy rainfall. While levels are high the risk of flooding remains. This will affect the River Cam from Newport to Whittlesford including the Slades. Further rainfall is forecast over the next 24 hours. We expect river levels to remain high. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid contact with flood water. This message will be updated tomorrow morning, Sunday 22 December, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 21 Dec 2019 11:48
River Cam
River levels remain high at the Great Chesterford river gauge as a result of recent heavy rainfall. Consequently, the risk of flooding remains. This will affect the River Cam from Newport to Whittlesford including the Slades. Further light rainfall is forecast over the next 24 hours. We expect river levels to remain high. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid contact with flood water. This message will be updated this afternoon, Saturday 21 December, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 20 Dec 2019 19:42
River Cam
River levels remain high at the Great Chesterford river gauge as a result of rainfall throughout Friday. Consequently, the risk of flooding remains. This will affect the River Cam from Newport to Whittlesford including the Slades. Further light rainfall is forecast overnight and into Saturday morning, and we expect river levels to remain high. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid contact with flood water. This message will be updated Saturday morning 21 December, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 20 Dec 2019 13:29
River Cam
River levels are rising at the Great Chesterford river gauge as a result of rainfall overnight and this morning. Consequently, the risk of flooding remains. This will affect the River Cam from Newport to Whittlesford including the Slades. Further light rainfall is forecast this afternoon. We expect river levels to remain high. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid contact with flood water. This message will be updated this evening, Friday 20 December, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 4 Apr 2018 16:41
River Cam
This message has been issued due to the heavy rainfall experienced over the last few days. This means that the ground is saturated and responsive to further rainfall in this area. The forecast is for light rain over the next few days. We are expecting to see standing water in floodplain areas. Riverside footpaths may also be flooded. Locations most at risk are River Cam from Newport to Whittlesford including the Slades. 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.


Flood Alert issued on 4 Apr 2018 09:58
River Cam
This message has been issued due to the heavy rain experienced over the last few days. River levels on the River Cam are currently falling. The forecast is for patchy showers over the next few days. We are expecting river levels to react to further rainfall. Locations most at risk are River Cam from Newport to Whittlesford including the Slades. The Environment Agency are monitoring river levels and have staff in the field checking for and clearing blockages. Take care on riverside roads and footpaths. Do not walk or drive through flood water. Take care near the areas of concern and monitor your local weather conditions.


Flood Alert issued on 3 Apr 2018 15:51
River Cam
This message has been issued due to the heavy rain experienced over the last few days. Levels on the River Cam are currently falling. The forecast is dry for today with scattered showers on Wednesday. The catchment is now saturated so we expect river levels to rise steadily in response to any further rainfall. Locations most at risk are River Cam from Newport to Whittlesford including the Slades. The Environment Agency are monitoring river levels and have staff in the field checking for and clearing blockages. Please take care on riverside roads and footpaths. Do not walk or drive through flood water. Take care near the areas of concern and monitor your local weather conditions.


Flood Alert issued on 3 Apr 2018 11:15
River Cam
This message has been issued due to the heavy rain experienced over the last few days. Levels on the River Cam are currently falling. The forecast is dry for today with scattered showers on Wednesday. The catchment is now saturated so we expect river levels to rise steadily in response to any further rainfall. Locations most at risk are River Cam from Newport to Whittlesford including the Slades. The Environment Agency are monitoring river levels and have staff in the field checking for and clearing blockages. Please take care on riverside roads and footpaths. Do not walk or drive through flood water. Take care near the areas of concern and monitor your local weather conditions.


Flood Alert issued on 2 Apr 2018 17:25
River Cam
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 light rain over the next 24 hours. We are expecting to see standing water in floodplain areas. Riverside footpaths may also be flooded. Locations most at risk are River Cam from Newport to Whittlesford including the Slades. 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. Take care on riverside roads and footpaths. Do not walk or drive through flood water.


Flood Alert issued on 2 Apr 2018 12:08
River Cam
This message has been issued due to the heavy rain experienced over the last 12 hours in the Upper Cam catchment. This means the River Cam in Essex and parts of Cambridgeshire is rising. The forecast is for light rain this afternoon. We are expecting river levels to rise steadily in response to the rainfall. Locations most at risk are River Cam from Newport to Whittlesford including the Slades. The Environment Agency are monitoring river levels and have staff in the field checking for and clearing blockages. Take care on riverside roads and footpaths. Do not walk or drive through flood water. Take care near the areas of concern and monitor your local weather conditions.


Flood Alert issued on 31 Dec 2017 11:12
River Cam
This message has been issued due to the rain experienced over the last few days. This means that levels on the River Cam remain higher than normal. The ground is saturated and responsive to further rainfall. The forecast is for light rain over the next few days. We are expecting there to be no property flooding as a result of high river levels. Locations most at risk are River Cam from Newport to Whittlesford including the Slades. The Environment Agency are monitoring river levels and have staff in the field checking for and clearing blockages.


Flood Alert issued on 30 Dec 2017 17:19
River Cam
This message has been issued due to the heavy rain experienced over the last 36 hours. This means that the River Cam is reacting to the rain and is expected to remain high overnight. The forecast is for light rain over the next few days. We are expecting there to be no property flooding as a result of high river levels. Locations most at risk are River Cam from Newport to Whittlesford including the Slades. The Environment Agency are monitoring river levels and have staff in the field checking for and clearing blockages.


Flood Alert issued on 30 Dec 2017 09:07
River Cam
This message has been issued due to the heavy rain experienced over the last 24 hours. This means that the River Cam is reacting to the rain and is expected to rise through the day. The forecast is for light rain over the next few days. We are expecting there to be no property flooding as a result of high river levels. Locations most at risk are River Cam from Newport to Whittlesford including the Slades. The Environment Agency are monitoring river levels and have staff in the field checking for and clearing blockages.


Flood Alert issued on 29 Dec 2017 19:22
River Cam
This message has been issued due to the heavy rain experienced over the last 24 hours. This means that the River Cam is reacting to the rain and is expected to rise overnight. The forecast is for patchy showers over the next few days. We are expecting there to be no property flooding as a result of high river levels, but there could be some issues caused by surface water flooding. Locations most at risk are River Cam from Newport to Whittlesford including the Slades. 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.