Five flood warnings in place as Wiltshire remains on weather alert

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: A lorry negotiates the flood water at Staverton, between Bradford on Avon and Trowbridge A lorry negotiates the flood water at Staverton, between Bradford on Avon and Trowbridge

Following last night’s heavy rainfall five flood warnings are in place across Wiltshire.

The Environment Agency has warned flooding is expected at Semington Brook, Lower Wylye and the River Avon at Bradford on Avon, Melksham and Malmesbury.

While, the agency has also stressed that a risk of flooding remains in place at the River Biss, between Westbury and Trowbridge, the mid River Avon, between Melksham and Bradford on Avon, and upper River Avon, between Malmesbury and Chippenham. F

ollowing the weekend’s heavy rainfall Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service attended a number of incidents and in many cases assisted with pumping water from properties which had been flooded.

On Saturday, a crew from Marlborough attended a flooded property in Main Street, Keevil, offering assistance at 11.25am.

A crew from Corsham used a light portable pump to reduce water levels at a house in Beanacre at 1.35pm.

A crew from Warminster also reduced water levels at a flooded house on the A350, in Westbury, at 1.35pm, while a crew from Bradford on Avon attended a home that had been flooded, in Ham Green, Holt, at 5pm.

Firefighters also had to free a family from a car at Staverton, at the B3105, which has been closed to motorists following a flood.

A crew wearing drysuits used a specialist water rescue appliance and an inflatable walkway to rescue two adults and two children who had become stranded after trying to drive down the road, at 4.57pm.

On Sunday, another car also got stuck on the Holt side of the crossroads at 9.20pm. A crew from Trowbridge attended but the driver eventually managed to free the vehicle.

The fire service are again reminding motorists to adhere to road closure notices and not to drive through flooded roads.

Rail travel is currently unaffected in the county, with First Great Western reporting only disruption to services in Wales, and bus services are operating normally.

A Faresaver spokesman said: "We did have issues just before Christmas but at the moment there is no disruption to our routes."

More heavy rain is forecast throughout the day and this evening, and for flood updates visit www.environment-agency.gov.uk.

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4:51pm Mon 6 Jan 14

sliemaroo says...

And all this happens because motorists leave their brain at home and think a "Road Closed" sign means nothing and then expect the emergency services to risk their lives in hooking them out of the water.
And all this happens because motorists leave their brain at home and think a "Road Closed" sign means nothing and then expect the emergency services to risk their lives in hooking them out of the water. sliemaroo
  • Score: 18

11:15pm Mon 6 Jan 14

jigsaw 5 says...

Every flood at Staverton the police "Road closed" sign comes out. Yet, some idiot with family sat with them decide it's ok to try it. Make idiots think twice with these simple finishing touches...1) Fine them heavily for ignore a police sign .2) Make them pay full costs (not taxpayers) for emergency response and vehicle recovery 3) Name the idiots.
Every flood at Staverton the police "Road closed" sign comes out. Yet, some idiot with family sat with them decide it's ok to try it. Make idiots think twice with these simple finishing touches...1) Fine them heavily for ignore a police sign .2) Make them pay full costs (not taxpayers) for emergency response and vehicle recovery 3) Name the idiots. jigsaw 5
  • Score: 15

1:02am Wed 8 Jan 14

moonrakin wurzel says...

It would help the matter immensely if police/council took down road closed signs in a timely fashion. I've seen signs in place for 48hr / 2 days after the road had drained - no wonder people chance it.. How many signs do they lose a year?

Charging them for rescue - yep - that'd have a salutary effect.
It would help the matter immensely if police/council took down road closed signs in a timely fashion. I've seen signs in place for 48hr / 2 days after the road had drained - no wonder people chance it.. How many signs do they lose a year? Charging them for rescue - yep - that'd have a salutary effect. moonrakin wurzel
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1:48am Thu 9 Jan 14

beetawix says...

what does 'flood warnings in place' mean?

a flood warnning is a flood warning
what does 'flood warnings in place' mean? a flood warnning is a flood warning beetawix
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6:56am Fri 10 Jan 14

politepanda says...

moonrakin wurzel wrote:
It would help the matter immensely if police/council took down road closed signs in a timely fashion. I've seen signs in place for 48hr / 2 days after the road had drained - no wonder people chance it.. How many signs do they lose a year?

Charging them for rescue - yep - that'd have a salutary effect.
So - you see a flood sign and ignore it - then drive into the water you find.....and THAT is the fault of the local plod?? Do you think plod should shelve all other work to monitor floods to remove signage the instant the water recedes to a safe level???
Why can't the public use a little common sense - MUCH more practical!
Definitely charge the idiots who "chance it"!!
[quote][p][bold]moonrakin wurzel[/bold] wrote: It would help the matter immensely if police/council took down road closed signs in a timely fashion. I've seen signs in place for 48hr / 2 days after the road had drained - no wonder people chance it.. How many signs do they lose a year? Charging them for rescue - yep - that'd have a salutary effect.[/p][/quote]So - you see a flood sign and ignore it - then drive into the water you find.....and THAT is the fault of the local plod?? Do you think plod should shelve all other work to monitor floods to remove signage the instant the water recedes to a safe level??? Why can't the public use a little common sense - MUCH more practical! Definitely charge the idiots who "chance it"!! politepanda
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