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Added: Monday 30 April 2012
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Billing Aquadrome and Cogenhoe Mill holiday parks are currently being evacuated as a precautionary measure due to overnight risk of flooding.
The precautionary measure has been taken on advice from the Environment Agency. Heavy rain is predicted between midnight tonight and 6am tomorrow morning which is anticipated could cause flash flooding.
The evacuation of Cogenhoe Mill started over the weekend with the evacuation of Billing Aquadrome beginning this afternoon.
Members of the public unable to return home or stay with family and friends are being offered accommodation at Lings Forum where volunteer staff from Northamptonshire County Council are co-ordinating the emergency shelter. Food is being provided by the Salvation Army and car parking has been provided at Weston Favell shopping centre. Members of the public who take regular medication are being asked to ensure they take this with them.
Inspector Sarah Johnson said: “We are working with the site managers and partner agencies and have reached the decision to evacuate due to the heavy rain anticipated overnight. This early precautionary measure is being taken to protect the public and ensure the safety of residents and the local community.
“We have a police presence at both sites to offer reassurance and support to members of the public and will also have dedicated patrols in both areas overnight. The position will be kept under constant review and regular updates will be provided to residents.”