Flooding hits morning rush hour

8:44am Monday 5th November 2012

THE weekend's heavy rain has hit the county's roads this morning, with flooding affecting many routes.

The B3107 between Staverton and Bradford on Avon, the causeway near the nestle factory, was partially covered by water, and although lorries and 4x4s were getting through many drivers had to take a diversion through Trowbridge or Melksham, with the minor road to Holt closed by floodwater.

Wiltshire Police began issuing warnings to drivers shortly after 8am, reporting that the B4069 at Sutton Benger, near Chippenham, was affected due to flooding, with a 100 foot long flood making it almost impossible for traffic to travel through Sutton Benger.

Several vehicles were stuck and broken down obsdtructing the road.

They advised drivers to seek an alternative route but not to use Sutton Lane because this is also flooded and impassable, estimating the floodwater would take at least four hours to clear.

In Lacock the Packhorse Bridge at the bottom of Bowden Hill was impassable as the bridge was totally engulfed by water, and occupants had to be rescued from a stuck vehicle.

Police asked drivers of all vehicles not to risk trying to tackle flooded roads and to seek alternative route.

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