The parts of Cambridgeshire that could be underwater in less than 10 years

Global warming is a constant threat across the globe with the situation progressively getting worse over the last few years.

More frequent extreme weather events have taken place across the world such as flooding in large areas and forest fires which are ultimately down to global warming.

The United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP26 has recently started and protests have taken place in Cambridge.

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The COP26 will be held in Glasgow until November 12 and has been described as the ‘last best hope’ to limit global warming to 1.5C alive, reports the Irish Mirror.

As a result of global warming, ice caps are melting, and sea levels are rising, which means a significant amount of Cambridgeshire could be underwater by 2030.

A map produced by Coastal Central outlines the regions in danger in the coming ten years.

Climate Central’s sea-level rise and coastal flood maps are based on peer-reviewed science in leading journals. As these maps incorporate big datasets, which always include some error, these maps should be regarded as screening tools to identify places that may require deeper investigation of risk.

The map below indicates the land projected to be below annual flood levels in 2030 by highlighting them in red.

The alarming map, focused locally, shows a humongous area throughout Cambridgeshire in red, which as a county is expected to be one of the worst-hit across the United Kingdom.

Chesterton

The flooding in Cambridge city centre may not be the most affected area in 10 years time but significant flooding will affect Chesterton which is on the outskirts of the city.

Areas in Chesterton such as Midsummer Common, Stourbridge Common, and near Fen Ditton are predicted to be flooded.

Flooding areas in Cambridge
Areas near Cambridge cite centre that will flood in 10 years time
(Image: Climate Control)

Milton, Waterbeach and Lode

Significant parts of Milton, Waterbeach, and Lode are predicted to be completely covered with floods in a further 10 years.

Including Milton country park which will become surrounded by floods.

Milton, Waterbeach and Lode
Milton, Waterbeach and Lode are predicted to become completely flooded in 2030
(Image: Climate Control)

Chatteris

The areas surrounding Chatteris will also become flooded with just a slight area in the market town not affected.

Ely appears to be one of the few areas in Cambridgeshire that would not become flooded in 2030, with Sutton and Witchford being unaffected too.

However, main roads including the A142 and A10 are predicted to flood causing access to the smaller villagers near impossible.

Chatteris flooding
Areas in Chatteris that could become flooded in 2030
(Image: Climate Control)

Little Port and Wisbech

As flooding continues north of Cambridge, from Little Port to Wisbech the area becomes completely engulfed in water.

Affecting towns and villages such as March, Guyhirn, Wimblington, and Doddington.

Little Port and Wisbech flooding
Little Port and Wisbech flooding
(Image: Climate Control)

Peterborough

Cambridge isn’t the only city predicted to suffer from significant flooding in 2030, Peterborough also faces a catastrophic amount of flooding.

Areas predicted to flood in the area surrounding Peterborough include Whittlesey which could be completely covered as well as Yaxley and Parnwell.

On closure inspection for predictions of flooding in Peterborough, the cathedral takes a near miss from floods but areas surrounding such as East Gate could be covered in water.

Peterborough flooding
Peterborough city centre areas that could become flooded including the vital railway link
(Image: Climate Control)

Flooding is also estimated to cover the vital train rail link that a vast amount of commuters use every day to travel into London from Peterborough which runs over the River Nene.

When looking at the Climate Change map Cambridgeshire is one of the worst-hit counties across the United Kingdom, expected to suffer from significant flooded areas from the pressure of climate change.

The map also does not account for factors such as the frequency or intensity of storms in the future, erosion, inland flooding, or how rainfall and rivers may contribute to sea levels.

The estimates don’t factor in sea protection measures such as seawalls and levees, so some areas could be less vulnerable than the map suggests.

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