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:
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.
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.”
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.
- 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.
- Delays of more than an hour are reported amid very heavy traffic on the A444 coming into Burton
- 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'.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.