EMERGENCY repairs to a possible collapsed Stafford sewer will see the A34 cut from four lanes to two for up to four weeks.
A spokesman for Severn Trent Water apologised to residents and business in the Greyfriars area for the flooding which saw sewage bubbling up onto the streets and streaming down the street.
Service manager, Helen Fee, said initial investigations suggested a collapsed sewer pipe had caused the flooding.
“We would like to apologise those who may have been affected,” she said. “Since we have been aware of the issue, we have worked to clear up and minimise any impact on our customers.
“It is a priority for us to prevent the local community from being further affected so it’s important we carry out essential repairs.”
She said representatives of the company had met with the Highways Authority and contractors Enterprise to discuss minimising disruption while the necessary work was carried out.
“For safety reasons, we’ve also consulted with National Grid because there are gas mains in the area,” she said.
Ms Fee said following the meeting it had been agreed the A34 would need to be reduced from four lanes to two to carry out the repairs.
“During the evening on Wednesday we will close two lanes of the road, from the Falklands memorial roundabout to the access road for Madford Retail Park,” she said. “We’ll then be able to start work on the repairs the very next day, which will take around four weeks to complete.”
She said businesses on the road would remain open as usual and customers would always have access during the work.
“Once again, we would like to apologise to those who may have been affected and thank them for their patience,” said Ms Fee.
She said local residents should have received a letter detailing the planned work but urged them to contact Enterprise on 0800 022 4338, or Severn Trent Water direct at its Customer Operations Service Centre on 0800 783 4444, for further information.