Billing Aquadrome caravan park flood victims in emergency centre

Billing Aquadrome  car park Billing Aquadrome started evacuating residents at 09:00 GMT on Thursday

Related Stories

Residents who had to leave their homes when heavy rain in Northamptonshire caused flooding have spent the night in emergency accommodation.

About 60 of the 1,000 people who had to leave Billing Aquadrome caravan park on Thursday stayed at the Lings Forum leisure centre in Northampton.

The Aquadrome is one of seven areas of the county still covered by flood warnings from the Environment Agency.

Others remain in force for several stretches of the River Nene.

Peter Angelides, business development director at Billing Aquadrome Holiday Park & Showground, said the park had been evacuated on the advice of the Environment Agency.

Holiday home owners and guests were advised to return to their residential addresses.

'Dedicated volunteers'

Those who had nowhere to go were put up in the leisure centre.

Edith Wesley, British Red Cross senior service manager in Northamptonshire, said: "Our team of dedicated volunteers are working hard to help people at the centre who had to leave their homes.

"We are supporting people emotionally, as it is a distressing time. Since residents can't get access to the park, we have also been helping those who have had to leave behind vital belongings which they need in their everyday lives."

River levels are expected to remain high for several days.

Andy Wilkinson from the Environment Agency said: "Although we're hoping river levels don't get any higher, it does all depend on the weather.

We'll be monitoring this closely over the next few days and issuing warnings as necessary."

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Northampton

Weather

Northampton

21 °C 14 °C

Features

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.