Parks Trust forced to evacuate 150 sheep as ‘excessive rain’ hits MK

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ONE hundred and fifty sheep are having to be moved from a field in Stony Stratford after it flooded.

The flock were grazing in Tombs Meadow, but after excessive rainfall in the last two days The Parks Trust has decided to move them to Warren Farm in Simpson.

The animals are currently in a holding pen and are in the process of being moved.

A Parks Trust spokesman said: “The sheep were grazing in Tombs Meadow, but it is along the river flood plain and we had excessive rain yesterday.

“We rounded them up and are getting them moved over to Simpson.

“It is not often we have to move the animals, but they will be quite happy about it.”

At 7.16pm last night, The Environment Agency issued a flood alert on the River Great Ouse from Newport Pagnell to Turvey in Buckinghamshire and from Sharnbrook through Bedford to Wyboston in Bedfordshire.

The Flood Alert classification means that people living in that area should be prepared for possible flooding.

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The heavy rainfall has also caused some problems on Milton Keynes roads.

Last night Milton Keynes Council was forced to close the V8 Marlborough Street northbound between the H6 and H5 due to flooding.

And one motorist told the Citizen they were shocked by the amount of rainfall in Simpson, where water has flooded fields and is approaching the road at some points.

Another reader, Paul Tomlinson, tweeting as @PT_MirusIT, used social networking site Twitter to tell us: “Tathall End (in Hanslope) was flooded but luckily it only flooded the roads and pathways.”

The Parks Trust is asking anyone who spots any problems in the city’s parks and lakes to call 01908 233600.