Wiltshire road closures caused by flooding

Firefighters pumping out homes at Castle Combe yesterday

Firefighters pumping out homes at Castle Combe yesterday

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Wiltshire woke up to more rain this morning, although the floods that have hit Malmesbury, Bradford on Avon and Castle Combe have got no worse overnight.

In Malmesbury householders had feared another long night battling against the rising water after a long ordeal the night before but the rain was not as heavy.

Environment Minister Richard Benyon met people in the town yesterday .

He described the clear-up work as "heroic", adding: "While many houses have been flooded, some haven't because of the efforts of these people.

"The Government's job, first of all is to make sure people are as prepared as possible with a changing climate ... for these extremes of weather. Secondly, we've got to continue building flood defences."

Malmesbury Watch manager Chris Harvey said: “It’s pretty much a clean-up operation now. Residents are getting dehumidifiers and drying out properties and seeing what belongings have been damaged. Houses are no longer in water and it’s now the community rallying together to help.”

Malnesbury police sergeant Martin Alvis said: "“It’s looking good today, apart from the wet houses. The river has dropped considerably and roads are running safely.”

But there are still 11 Environment Agency flood warnings in place and police and fire services are warning drivers to take care.

Wiltshire firefighters rescued another four people overnight from stranded in floodwater. The service has now rescued 40 people from trapped cars since last Wednesday.

The Bull Pit is still under water and although the main street is unaffected, traffic is still very heavy through the town.

Bradford on Avon’s Fire Service was called to Elms Cross Drive at 1am on Sunday morning after reports of water coming in through a property. They were not able to pump the water away but created a diversion.

At 1.20am on Sunday morning Trowbridge Fire Service was called to Main Street, Keevil, because of water coming off the fields and into a house. The crew were able to pump the water away.

At 7.45am on Sunday morning Melksham Fire Service was called to a flooded house in Beanacre. The crew were able to pump the water away.

At 6pm on Sunday evening crews was called to Kingston Road, Bradford on Avon and pumped flood water from a house.

At 1.10am Monday morning Melksham Fire Service was called to Bradford Road, Melksham. They helped move items upstairs but the water had reached the house and it was still raining, so the crew were unable to pump the water away.

A spokesman said: "We are warning people to take care when driving and not to take risks. We are coming to the aid of people trapped in their car in 18 inches of water."

Last night firefighters were busy in Bradford on Avon where the river is still high. Crews pumped out several properties.

The spokesman praised retained crews who have been working all over the weekend.

"They have got full-time jobs as well. They have been serving their community all weekend and will have to go back to work this morning."

Many roads around the county are still closed.

This is a list from Wiltshire Council. Tell us below if you know of more:

B3106 - Staverton

Reybridge - Lacock

C70 Hayes Knoll Purton Stoke

Bradford on Avon - Bull Pit

Upper Minety to Somerford Keynes

Norrington Lane (nr Broughton Gifford)

C168 Shockerwick

B4069 Kington Langley - Christian Malford

Castle Combe - The Street

B3109 Five ways to South Wraxall

A363 Yarnbrook to North Bradley under railway bridge

Traffic around Trowbridge and Bradford on Avon is heavy because so many back rioads are closed. Police are warning drivers tio allow extra time for their journey.

Police Inspector Lisette Harvey said: “We have had increased build up between Melksham and Trowbridge this morning which has affected people travelling to Seend and Devizes also. The last couple of days have been difficult for everyone and we have seen accidents due to the bad weather.

“Later today the weather is expected to get worse so I’d advise those travelling to be careful, a lot for extra time when travelling and also consider making alternative arrangements if their journeys are not essential.”

Sport was devastated over the weekend with dozens of football and rugby matches called off.

In Castle Combe where about a dozen low-lying homes were up to two foot of water last night they are praying that no further rainfall happens.

Adrian Bishop, vice chairman of the parish council, said that an emergency flooding exercise plan they had amended in 2011 had worked well, with the emergency services providing a fast and effective response.

“The fire service was here in the middle of the night pumping out homes and providing sandbags.”

Most of the homes were empty holiday cottages or owned by absent landlords, but villagers rallied round to help those that were occupied with one family given refuge at the Manor House Hotel, which also found its grounds were under inches of water.

Coun Bishop said the emergency services had been in the village all day and insurance assesors were already on the scene to help those affected.

He said: “The situation is under control as long as there is no more rain overnight. The village has not seen flooding for 40 years, but the last few days and last night’s deluge has been unprecedented.”

The Bull Pit is still under water and although the main street is unaffected, traffic is still very heavy through the town.

Bradford on Avon’s Fire Service was called to Elms Cross Drive at 1am on Sunday morning after reports of water coming in through a property. They were not able to pump the water away but created a diversion.

At 1.20am on Sunday morning Trowbridge Fire Service was called to Main Street, Keevil, because of water coming off the fields and into a house. The crew were able to pump the water away.

At 7.45am on Sunday morning Melksham Fire Service was called to a flooded house in Beanacre. The crew were able to pump the water away.

At 6pm on Sunday evening crews was called to Kingston Road, Bradford on Avon and pumped flood water from a house.

At 1.10am Monday morning Melksham Fire Service was called to Bradford Road, Melksham. They helped move items upstairs but the water had reached the house and it was still raining, so the crew were unable to pump the water away.

Bradford on Avon's Christmas lights switch-on, scheduled for tomorrow night, is set to go ahead despite the flooding.

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