The River Great Ouse
The majestic River Great Ouse drains a vast area of low-lying rich fenland soil, that is the premier arable, agricultural region of the country. While it provided King's Lynn with its gateway to the sea and hence its prosperity, the river is dangerous. When large high tides, excessive rainfall inland and storm surges from the North Sea combine the river can rise to levels sufficient to flood the low-lying town. Today flood barriers and gates provide increased protection but the risk remains!