Many local roads flooded – Walsall Council issue update

Latest update from Walsall Council 8pm Sunday 16th February 2020:

A final (hopefully!) update for you.

In response to flooding emergencies, highways officers, Tarmac crews and Clean & Green crews have been working hard since the early hours of this morning to keep the highway network as safe as possible.

Bescot Crescent – now fully reopened to traffic
The Environment Agency have reported falling river levels.

A461 Lichfield Road Navvies Bridge – fully reopened to traffic
Two abandoned vehicles remain on site. A car and a van have been manhandled onto the footway and should be removed by early morning.

A461 Lichfield Road near to Baron’s Court – fully reopened to traffic
Water remains across half of the outbound lane from Walsall. This should naturally discharge overnight. Checks will be made early tomorrow morning.

Longwood Lane – fully reopened to Traffic
Water from agricultural run-off is draining across the carriageway but the road is now passable for vehicles, following work undertaken by Tarmac with a tractor loader this morning. Warning signs remain on site.

Aldridge Road – partially open to traffic
The inbound dual carriageway to Walsall remains flooded along one lane but traffic is able to pass. Warning signs remain on site.

A4124 Lichfield Rd near to the council’s environmental depot – partially open to traffic.
A significant volume of water from agricultural run-off is draining across the carriageway. Sandbags have been used to divert the flow sufficiently to allow one running lane to remain open. Tarmac operatives have installed temporary traffic lights to maintain a two way traffic flow. These will remain overnight and if safe to do so they will be removed early morning tomorrow.

Boatman’s Lane – full road closure
Water continues to discharge from adjacent land onto Boatman’s Lane. There is one abandoned vehicle at the edge of the carriageway. Water levels remain high but should reduce overnight. Tarmac’s gully crew are scheduled to return to site at around 5:00am on Monday morning to try to get the road open. Clean & Green may need to follow up with a mechanical sweeper to clear the road of debris, so please do drive with caution when the road re-opens.

Fordbrook Lane and Vicarage Road Pelsall – fully reopened to traffic
Tarmac crews attended to this location in the early hours of Sunday morning with the support of crews from Clean and Green.

Park Lane Darlaston – fully reopened to traffic
Tarmac crews attended and managed to clear debris from the highway; surface water is now flowing into the existing drainage systems.

A4038 Darlaston Road near to Bentley Mill Way – fully reopened to traffic
Elevated water levels in the River Tame are preventing highway drainage systems from functioning at 100%. Tarmac’s gully crew has attended to do what they can. Two way traffic flows have been restored but water continues to partially cover the inbound carriageway lane.

Although the worst seems to have passed now, please do drive safely and always treat any areas of standing water with caution.

The Arboretum traffic signal junction, which is within an Environment Agency flood zone, was causing concern for some time today. If we had experienced any further rain there is a likelihood that this junction may have had to be closed to traffic, which would have caused extremely severe disruption. Resources were stretched, but we were prepared for this eventuality.

Thank you to our staff and Tarmac for your work today and thank you also to our colleagues in the blue light services who we have been in close liaison with today; they have also been busy today due to ‘Dennis’. Have a restful evening.

Flooding in Brickyard Road as witnessed by Neil Bullock.

With the inclement weather and the tail end of Storm Dennis ongoing (Sunday, 16th February 2020) many local routes and byways are affected by flooding, fallen trees and debris.

Please take care when out and about – please don’t forget an elderly gentleman lost his life tragically in local flooding a couple of years ago and it takes less than six inches of water to wash a car away.

Stricken vehicles lie submerged beneath Navvies Bridge in Walsall on the A461 Lichfield Road – the site a couple of years ago where a man tragically drowned in floodwater. Image from Ant Westbury.

If on two wheels, beware of side winds, depth of standing water, road debris and always think about whether a deep pothole may lurk unseen in that puddle.

Take care folks. Walsall Council issued the following warning this lunchtime:

The Arboretum is suffering from flooding. Video posted on social media by Walsall Council.

There has been significant rainfall overnight, which continues into today and this has resulted in some road closures across the borough, in the interest of public safety.

In Rushall, Lichfield Road (A461) in the vicinity of the navvies bridge is impassable and has been closed by West Midlands Fire Service.

In Brownhills, Pelsall Road (A4124) in the vicinity of the council’s environmental depot is being monitored and may have to be closed.

The river Tame in the Bescot area is running high and Bescot Crescent is currently closed between the junction with Broadway West and the junction with Brockhurst Crescent. The Sunday market at the Banks’s Stadium and the adjacent retail park are closing.

Longwood Lane has been cleared by our highway operatives.

Walsall Arboretum is also seeing significant flooding of some paths and the café/visitor centre is closed.

Please seek alternative routes where necessary if you need to travel today. Public transport will be affected, so please check with the travel operator concerned before setting out on your journey.

We continue to liaise and work with the emergency services and our highway operatives are out and about assisting with localised flooding issues.

Stay safe.

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