Drought? what drought?

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WITH the recent wet weather one might be forgiven for forgetting Daventry is still experiencing a drought.

Sunday saw flooding hit low-lying fields, and also estates in Daventry. Below is a photo of a water capture area on the Timken estate, usually a grassy area where children play.

On Sunday afternoon fire fighters were called to Long Buckby to help rescue someone from a car stranded in water. Meanwhile some planned events across the district are being cancelled.

The heavy and persistent rain, coupled with parched ground unable to soak up the water quickly, prompted flood warnings on the River Nene in Northampton and further downstream.

To help the situation the flood defence between Weedon and Everdon was activated to reduce the flow of the Nene.

Although few would have felt the need or desire to wash their car or water their lawns over recent days, households are being reminded the hosepipe ban is still in place.

It could take months of weather like April to get water levels back to average and the ban looks set to remain in force for the immediate future.

Despite the weather Anglian Water said on Tuesday Pitsford Reservoir, which supplies Daventry’s drinking water, is still just 65 per cent full. At this time of year the firm would normally expect it to be 90 to 95 per cent full.

On Tuesday Pitsford Weather Station confirmed it rained on 22 days in April with a total of 128mm falling, compared to the wettest April in 1998 with 163.4mm.

However, the last month saw nearly two-and-a-half times the rainfall of an average April.

A spokesman said: “Despite the wet April, we would still need a further five months of above average rainfall to replenish the groundwater store and end the current drought.”

l Last week several readers contacted the Daventry Express regarding a standpipe left by engineers gushing water on the A361 near the Newnham/Staverton crossroad.

Anglian Water said the water would have been left to run out to flush pipes clean after engineering work.