Flash floods and travel disruption as storms batter Trowbridge

Flash floods and travel disruption as storms batter Trowbridge

Dursley Road, earlier today. Picture by Glenn Phillips

Flooding at the junction of Bradford Road and Brook Road, Trowbridge, at lunchtime today. Picture by Glenn Phillips

Flooding in Hill Street, Trowbridge, this morning. Picture by Glenn Phillips

A cyclist takes up the challenge of going along Dursley Road, Trowbridge, this morning. Picture by Glenn Phillips

Shoppers run for cover in Trowbridge town centre this morning. Picture by Glenn Phillips

Traffic struggles with flooding in Trowbridge this morning. Picture by Glenn Phillips

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Flash floods have been reported across Trowbridge, as torrential rain batters the south west.

Road have been closed and rail travel suspended, with travelers advised to check their journeys before setting out.

Residents of Dursley Road have been forced to evacuate their homes, while the A363 Bradford Road has been closed in both directions, following flooding on Brook Road.

Wiltshire Council’s highways contractor Balfour Beatty had a road block set up on Dursley Road earlier today where an employee, who did not wish to be named, was manning the scene.

He was using one the council’s six specialist flood relief vehicles stationed in Warminster, which are usually dispatched to pump floodwater from remote, rural areas.

He said: “When I first got here there was nothing here, but you could see all the silt where the flooding had been. Then it started raining again and it quickly built up again.

“It’s draining away now, but it’s still not safe to drive through, as some of the storm drains have lifted up, and we’re expecting more rain, so it will come back up again.”

The road was blocked just after the junction with Rutland Crescent, home of Christine Stevenson.

She said: “I’ve been ok, but some of the neighbours are badly affected. I’ve lived here for seven years and I’ve never seen it like this.”

Roads through Atworth are currently waterlogged, but passable, as is the B3109 between Bradford Leigh and Corsham.

National Rail has confirmed the line between Westbury and Bath Spa stations is now open following a temporary closure this morning, with delays expected on both lines.

Homes and shops in the town have also been hit by temporary power cuts, with reports of outages at the ASDA, Sainsbury's and Tesco Extra supermarkets.

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6:14pm Sat 19 Jul 14

jigsaw 5 says...

I'm glad myself and another man helped a mother and young child from her broken down car at junction Rutland cresent/Dursley road in 2 feet of water while others took photographs or walked on by!!
I'm glad myself and another man helped a mother and young child from her broken down car at junction Rutland cresent/Dursley road in 2 feet of water while others took photographs or walked on by!! jigsaw 5
  • Score: 29

1:53am Sun 20 Jul 14

The.Central.Scrutinizer says...

Did othese others take jphotographs or walk on by after your assistance was underway.
Did othese others take jphotographs or walk on by after your assistance was underway. The.Central.Scrutinizer
  • Score: 1

9:43am Sun 20 Jul 14

dursley resident says...

What about the off duty Police lady who gave up her day off successfully stopping inconsiderate drivers swamping peoples homes despite taking abuse from them for doing so.
Balfour Beatty turned up after the first flood and failed to stop all traffic from their end during the second. I am particularly upset with the Lorry driver who from your local caring sharing Co op who insisted on driving through from Balfour Beattys' end.
What about the off duty Police lady who gave up her day off successfully stopping inconsiderate drivers swamping peoples homes despite taking abuse from them for doing so. Balfour Beatty turned up after the first flood and failed to stop all traffic from their end during the second. I am particularly upset with the Lorry driver who from your local caring sharing Co op who insisted on driving through from Balfour Beattys' end. dursley resident
  • Score: 6

10:08am Sun 20 Jul 14

Another Dursley Resident says...

Absolutely Dursley Resident you've got it spot on. We tried stopping numerous cars from entering this very deep water and equally received lots of verbal abuse. Every time a car went through our houses were put at risk of flooding.

It's staggering how inconsiderate drivers were being when all they had to do was drive around the block. Why would anyone drive into at least 2ft of water rather than taking a 2 minute diversion.

A big thank you to the off duty police lady. She was brilliant.
Absolutely Dursley Resident you've got it spot on. We tried stopping numerous cars from entering this very deep water and equally received lots of verbal abuse. Every time a car went through our houses were put at risk of flooding. It's staggering how inconsiderate drivers were being when all they had to do was drive around the block. Why would anyone drive into at least 2ft of water rather than taking a 2 minute diversion. A big thank you to the off duty police lady. She was brilliant. Another Dursley Resident
  • Score: 11

11:28am Sun 20 Jul 14

MrsR-C says...

Drivers piling through were very inconsiderate. We were one of the first to turn around and go back. I have not seen rain like that for a long time.
Drivers piling through were very inconsiderate. We were one of the first to turn around and go back. I have not seen rain like that for a long time. MrsR-C
  • Score: 6

2:29pm Sun 20 Jul 14

J1982D says...

Well you are quite the hero arent you! Excuse the rest of us for not assisting you and batman with the rescue of the senseless person who drove through flood water creating waves of water that were creeping through peoples front doors!!
Well you are quite the hero arent you! Excuse the rest of us for not assisting you and batman with the rescue of the senseless person who drove through flood water creating waves of water that were creeping through peoples front doors!! J1982D
  • Score: -8

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