Flooding closes major road

A MAJOR route near Salisbury was closed as heavy rainfall brought flooding to the city and surrounds.
The A338 Salisbury Road at Burgate, pictured, was shut at 9.30pm on Monday, January 9, as flooding made it difficult for vehicles to pass.

HGVs were still allowed to use the route, Hampshire County Council said.
Traffic lights were also installed to manage traffic through the stretch, but it was closed to smaller vehicles at times.

The council said work was being carried out to establish the cause of the problem – and to rectify it.
“Our Highways team is currently working to clear the flood so assessment of the existing highway drainage system can be undertaken, to see if any maintenance work is required,” a spokesperson said.
“It is worth noting that the surrounding ground remains heavily saturated at the moment following significant rainfall and the river level is currently high.
“This means our surface water drains can be less effective at times, and particularly after further sudden or prolonged heavy raiunfall.”
Meanwhile, Wiltshire Council has moved to warn residents in flood-prone areas to be on their guard as the bad weather continues.

Cllr Caroline Thomas, cabinet member for transport, Street Scene and flooding, said: “We have had a significant rainfall already this winter, and further prolonged periods of heavy rainfall may see the Environment Agency issue river or groundwater flood alerts across the county.
“So it is vitally important that people are prepared and that they know what to do in the event of a flood. People should ensure they are signed up for Environment Agency flood alerts, and they can report any flooding incidents or weather emergencies to us through our MyWilts app or website.”

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