EA Strong Stream Advice

The Environment Agency issues Strong Stream Advice (SSA) to inform river users when river levels are increasing and when locks are being prepared to discharge flood water. Notice boards, flags and lights are displayed prominently on riverbanks to inform boaters of the status of the river and red flags are also raised at several boat clubs. Environment Agency currently issue SSA on the River Ancholme, River Nene and River Great Ouse (Bedford Ouse).

Keep up to date

You can find out if SSA has been issued by calling our 24 hour SSA hotline: 0345 988 1188 or 0845 988 1188. Choose option 1 and listen to the pre-recorded information followed by one of these quick dial codes:

  • Nene: 032112

  • Great Ouse - Bedford to St Ives: 033211

  • Great Ouse - St Ives to Earith: 033212

  • Ancholme: 031212

You can be added to our free Strong Stream Advice (SSA) messaging system. You will receive a voice message on your mobile phone and/or landline. The messages can be sent at any time of day or night.

You can also receive text and email messages. To register for SSA messages call us on 02030 255068 or email WaterwaysSSAAnglian@environment-agency.gov.uk.