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Northamptonshire flooding: Water levels recede slowly

Flood water in Northamptonshire is slowly clearing but warnings will remain until the end of the week.

Heavy rain last weekend caused the floods, the Environment Agency said.

Swollen river levels in the Nene near Northampton are moving towards Peterborough but navigation can still be difficult, it warned.

"A boat got stuck over the weekend," the agency's John Rae said. "Luckily no-one was hurt but we expect warnings to be observed."

As a precaution, one outstanding flood alert and one warning will remain in force as flood waters are only slowly receding and moving downstream.

"Little rain is expected but water levels are still high so we are keeping one warning and an alert in force," he said.

Stanwick Lakes at the bottom of the valley near Rushden was still affected on Wednesday afternoon.

Alison Allfree, from the Rockingham Forest Trust that runs the Stanwick Lakes adventure area, said the car park and some paths were still under water.

"You still cannot tell the lake from the land in places such a huge amount of water has come down but we expect it to drain off in the next 48 hours," she said.

"The surfaces of some paths have been washed away so these will have to be repaired.

"We knew when we created the park in a flood plain it would be difficult to get insurance but we'd not had floods for ages until this year when we've had four.

"The assault course is still open although the bark is a bit damp when you jump off things.

"A lot of people are coming just to see the floods and the indoor adventure area and restaurant are still open."

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