Salisbury underpass floods during heavy rainfall

A PUMP tasked with dealing with flooding in a Salisbury underpass failed in recent heavy rain.

Pedestrians in the city found they were unable to use the walkway under the Castle Road Roundabout over the weekend, as the south west was battered by storms.

The underpass completely flooded, with water reaching the entrance to the passageway, making it completely inaccessible.

A National Highways spokesperson said a pump in the underpass struggled to cope with the amount of water, as well as getting clogged y litter and debris.

“We are aware of the flooding issue at Castle Road Roundabout underpass and continue to assess the situation as a matter of urgency,” they said.

“While there is a pump in situ, unprecedented recent rainfall has seen water levels beyond its capability, while litter and debris in the area means the pump often becomes clogged and needs clearing to be effective.

“We will continue to work with Wiltshire Council to improve the effectiveness of the pump, and specialist engineers will also be dispatched once we are made aware of the issue.

“To enhance our response to flooding, we are looking to improve monitoring in the area, but in the meantime, we would encourage people to contact us or the council immediately if they detect any problems. We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.”

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