Wiltshire on flood alert due to heavy rain
By nhavergal | Wednesday, November 21, 2012, 12:44
Towns in Wiltshire have been put on flood alert after heavy rainfall yesterday and last night.
The River Avon water levels are rising.
Rural areas of the county have been warned of flooding across roads and footpaths and people have been advised to take extra care when walking in the areas.
The B4069 in Kington Langley near Chippenham is closed both ways due to flooding. A diversion is underway towards Chippenham however anyone who does not need to travel this way is advised to avoid the area.
Staverton near Trowbridge by the Nestle Factory is also under threat of flooding as the River Avon's water is rising. The area is known for a flooding hotspot.
Bradford-on-Avon by the town bridge is also being watched however the road is still open to traffic with large puddles in the lower town.
Frome Road between Southwick and Trowbridge is experiencing heavy traffic and taking around 30 minutes to get into the town. This is possibly due to a diversion.
Schools are threatening to close due to the heavy rainfall. @LesleyHoldway tweeted: "Broughton Gifford is pretty bad and Facebook announced the school was closing as it is getting harder to get in!"
@TheDriverJohn tweeted: "A419 between Swindon & Cricklade; heavy rain & many patches of standing water. Traffic running free but poor visability."
@Malloney70 tweeted: "Westbury to Bratton Road heavy flooding, lots of deep roadside water."Public transport is also affected with delays to bus services from Bath to Warminster. Trains between Bristol and Plymouth are severely delayed with cancellations expected.
According to the First Great Western website, trains between Bristol Parkway and Swindon are block with delays of up to 120 minutes.
First Great Western have said on their website: "An estimate for the resumption of normal services will be provided as soon as the problem has been fully assessed."Do you know of any flooding in your area? Tell us about it here!