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Floods cause second day of disruption

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: November 27, 2012

The A38 was closed overnight

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THE A38 near Burton remained partially closed this morning (Tuesday) as the area continued to battle the aftermath of the floods.

Severe congestion was reported in roads around the town, although traffic flow had markedly improved today on the A444 and A511 into Burton from the Derbyshire side of the river.

Here are the latest developments on Tuesday, November 27:

(Updated 4.37pm)

Staffordshire Fire have just tweeted: The water has now been cleared off the A38 carriageway and the lanes are expected to re-open very soon. Firefighters have done all they can.

(Updated 4.34pm)

FIREFIGHTERS are ‘working hard’ to clear floodwater from the northbound carriageway of the A38.

A spokesman for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “We hope to have at least one lane open for rush-hour traffic to ease traffic going through the surrounding small villages.”

(Updated 3.25pm)

Meanwhile, the Highways Agency said the A38 remained closed northbound between the A50, near Egginton, and the A5, near Shenstone.

The agency’s website said: “Northbound A38 traffic is advised to use the A5 southbound and join the M42 northbound and follow the M42 and A42 to the M1 northbound.

“It is then advised to join the A50 at the M1 junction 24A and before using the westbound A50 towards Derby to rejoin the A38.”

Staffordshire Police have advised motorists to avoid the area unless they have to travel.

(Updated 3.20pm)

- Flood defences have protected 7,300 homes in Burton, the Environment Agency has confirmed.
In a message posted on Twitter, bosses said the defences had ‘worked well’, including Branston flood bank.
They spoke as river levels, including on the Trent, began to subside, offering the prospect of much-needed relief for residents and motorists.

(Updated 10:22am)

- Delays of more than an hour are reported amid very heavy traffic on the A444 coming into Burton

(Updated 10.05am)

- The flood situation around Burton is 'improving' according to the Environment Agency. A spokesman said water levels on the River Trent were beginning to fall and two of the three flood warnings on the river were likely to be removed. Water levels on the River Dove were also 'easing considerably'.

(Updated 9.20am)

- The northbound carriageway of the A38 remains completely closed between Barton under Needwood and Clay Mills while the southbound carriageway has one lane open.

- Severe rush hour congestion is reported on roads around Burton and police are urging motorists to avoid the area unless travel is absolutely necessary

- A flood warning remains in place at Burton between Branston and Clay Mills

- The National Memorial Arboretum near Alrewas has reopened today after floodwater on Croxall Road cleared overnight

- Burton and South Derbyshire College is partially closed today with only staff, students with scheduled exams, students on school partnership programmes (KS4) and apprentices asked to attend

The latest flood warnings are available online at www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/31618.aspx

Have you been affected by the flooding? Email editorial@burtonmail.co.uk or call 01283 524864.

A floods special, complete with lots of pictures from around Burton and South Derbyshire, is published in Tuesday's Burton Mail.

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  • Burton Mail  |  November 27 2012, 8:58PM

    great coverage of the floods by the Mail, although their are exceptional circumstances in the weather over the last few days does this not highlight that burtons aged transport network needs major investment. With a good MP and a Burton Mail campaign is it not time for someone to really invest in our road structure. With 4000 homes due to be built in the area in the coming years it desperately needs looking at, and this is more than just resurfacing and tinkering with lights at crossings. Burton advertises itself as central and having amazing links to the UK road network but what use is this if the people in Burton can not access there places of employment. We cannot do anything about the number of new houses that the borough are being forced to have but we can all shout from the roof tops to get a much better road structure because without it Burton will continue to stay in the 20th century.

  • Burton Mail  |  November 27 2012, 6:51PM

    VERY well done Kat,yes there was conflicting news about the A38 I was lisained to radio news BBC radio 2 and Derby radio and neither got it right but i would just read your post and a big thank you to Kat. I now live in Wolverhampton but still read the mail on line.

  • Burton Mail  |  November 27 2012, 1:02PM

    I live on Lichfield Road Branston and was told the the A38 had been closed from 1pm yesterday afternoon. Despite this there was nose-to-tail traffic in both northbound lanes until after 6 o'clock. Having done all they could to protect their homes from flood, the residents spent the afternoon and evening directing traffic through the shallowest part of the flood and turning back the people who were trying to queue jump down the access road (which was not passable). When the queues of traffic cleared it got really dangerous as traffic was approaching the flood at speed (some over 70mph). We were out in the wind and rain until around 9pm, doing our best to slow down the traffic and prevent accidents. I'm glad to say we were successful. Given the history of the road, I am sure that we saved some lives last night. Eventually at around 9 the police turned up and told us that the road had finally been closed. I'd like to say thanks to all my neighbours - we did a good job last night.

  • Burton Mail  |  November 27 2012, 11:32AM

    I don't get it you say it's closed and Highway Agency A38 is open both ways since 9 a.m. ????

  • Burton Mail  |  November 27 2012, 11:10AM

    Not sure where you got your information but the A444 is queued up past Gresley with very little movement and has been like that all morning and is still the same at 11.10

  • Burton Mail  |  November 27 2012, 10:09AM

    Does anybody know if Scropton Roan and Lethersley Lane are closed?