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Flooded Stafford road currently being pumped

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: January 02, 2013

CLOSED ROAD ... The A51 at Weston has been flooded throughout the Christmas period.

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A FLOODED major route through Stafford closed for more than a week is currently being cleared with tankers and pumps.

Staffordshire County Council closed the A51 at Weston on Christmas Eve and have kept it closed over the holiday period.

Diversions put in place around the blocked area will remain in place until the road is ready to reopen.

Resident Ken Pyatt, 88, said the closure had caused ‘chaos and mayhem’ in the area and expressed concerns that people were continuing to drive through the flood even though it was closed.

“It’s absolute chaos,” he said. “I did a survey of that road for the county council a few years ago and 15,000 vehicles use that road.”

My Pyatt said motorists were ignoring the road closed signs and driving through the flood anyway.

“I haven’t seen a policeman there since it closed,” he said. “There should be someone there stopping people.”

A spokesman for Staffordshire County Council said she expected the road to be reopened later today.

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  • Staf Newsletter  |  January 02 2013, 5:12PM

    This road has been flooding to a greater and greater degree for over 18 months every time it rains. Instead of carrying out preventive maintenance the County Council have waited until the road is completely impassable causing chaos and wrecking the roads and verges through Hixon and Stowe where the diversion takes you. This will no doubt now cost £10s of thousands to resurface. The County Councillor with his highways portfolio needs to get a grip.

  • Staf Newsletter  |  January 02 2013, 3:59PM

    I followed the Diversion signs on Christmas day and had to drive through an even bigger flood near Great Haywood. Since then I've probably upset the villagers of Hixon and Stowe by driving through repeatedly. If they can get the road pumped clear today, they could have done it a week ago. Not at all impressive.