HIGHWAY crews pumped 90,000 litres of flood water out of a busy Staffordshire road which had been closed since Christmas Eve, finally reopening it last night.
Staffordshire County Council engineers worked with the fire service throughout the day to clear deep water at the A51 London Road at Weston.
A highways spokesman said: “As the surrounding land was already completely saturated the water had to be collected and tankered away.”
She said although the road reopened at around 6pm yesterday, temporary lights would be in place today to help engineers clear blocked gullies and carry out further investigations.
Staffordshire County Council’s highways chief Mike Maryon said: “When a local brook overflowed a huge volume of water the highway and washed silt and debris into the gullies.
“The situation was exacerbated by the fact surrounding land was already choked with water which meant we had to arrange for a tanker to be brought in to physically take way the pumped water,” he said.