The road in West Norfolk that thinks that it’s a river
It is a perennial of winter around here, the go-to information bite for any local radio traffic bulletin ... the Welney Wash Road is closed due to flooding.
This week the A1101 was reopened to new year traffic after the pre-Christmas rains had receded.
But as can be seen by pictures taken from the air by photographer Ian Burt, much of the fenland countryside around it remains inundated and it would be a brave man who predicts that the road closure signs will not be going up again any time soon.
Familiarity seems to have bred some contempt for the road closure signs thus far this winter, with police chastising motorists for ignoring them and then finding their vehicles stuck and in need of rescue.
Officers were called out a total of nine times in November and December to come to the aid of cars that found themselves largely submerged.
In 2013, the year of the infamous ‘tidal surge’, the Welney Wash Bridge was closed for 100 days and there have been numerous calls by local politicians for action to end this annual ritual.
In the meantime many local villagers find that a canoe or kayak stowed in the garage is as indispensable item of transport as a bike.