Floods bring Bradford on Avon to a standstill

Wiltshire Times: Flooding at the junction of Market Street and Silver Street Flooding at the junction of Market Street and Silver Street

Bradford on Avon has been brought to a standstill today, with the town bridge flooding and emergency services advising against travelling to the town.

Firefighters were called to the town last night to deal with flooded homes and businesses, with the River Avon bursting its banks at either end of the Town Bridge shortly before midday today.

All the main roads into the town are currently blocked, and rail services from the town station have been severely affected.

The Fat Fowl restaurant on Silver Street has cancelled all Christmas bookings after its kitchen flooded.

Owner Arlene Caddow said: “We cannot believe it.

“We will be clearing up today and through to Christmas Day. We had lunch and dinner bookings that we are now going to have to cancel.

“The problem is that it’s coming up through the drain in the kitchen, so we can no longer cook, and can’t open until it’s sanitised.”

Her husband Mark Kendell said: “We have not seen it like this since 2000.

“There is nothing else we can do now, but there has been total camaraderie, people have come out to help each other, but the drivers have been extremely inconsiderate.”

Tattoo artist Verity Fox, who owns the Silver Street Custom Tattoo Shop, has also seen her business flooded.

She said: “I moved into the shop mine months ago, and I’ve never seen anything like this. This morning it was fine, but then it started coming into the shop. I had a flood guard but it didn’t do anything.

“When it started I went into the middle of Silver Street to guide cars through, we were trying to get traffic through, one car at a time.

“Drivers were so inconsiderate; they were not slowing down, it was a nightmare. We were getting angry and they were getting angry towards us.

“Now we are going to wait until it goes down when we can start pumping out the shop. We were not expecting it to be this bad, but you can’t stop Mother Nature.”

As well as Silver Street Market Street has been closed, along with most of the main routes into town.

Firefighter Jon Salisbury, from Trowbridge Fire Station, said: “We would urge people not to drive to Bradford on Avon, and to choose other routes.”

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5:19pm Tue 24 Dec 13

stanman123 says...

build a new foot bridge
build a new foot bridge stanman123

2:12am Wed 25 Dec 13

arlenecaddow says...

This exactly why we needed a the food bridge......babies as young as a year old at Westview day nursery were stranded when parents had not safe crossing to collect them. Many thanks to the fire officers that worked very hard to get them reunited with parents...
It was plain to see today that the foot bridge is necessary.....shame on those that voted against it......
This exactly why we needed a the food bridge......babies as young as a year old at Westview day nursery were stranded when parents had not safe crossing to collect them. Many thanks to the fire officers that worked very hard to get them reunited with parents... It was plain to see today that the foot bridge is necessary.....shame on those that voted against it...... arlenecaddow

10:46am Wed 25 Dec 13

Soul Trader says...

Hear, hear!

Too many people want to live in a museum.. .
Hear, hear! Too many people want to live in a museum.. . Soul Trader

9:44am Fri 27 Dec 13

Room101 says...

arlenecaddow wrote:
This exactly why we needed a the food bridge......babies as young as a year old at Westview day nursery were stranded when parents had not safe crossing to collect them. Many thanks to the fire officers that worked very hard to get them reunited with parents...
It was plain to see today that the foot bridge is necessary.....shame on those that voted against it......
Was there nobody in charge to say this is getting bad, phone parents to come and pick children up.
[quote][p][bold]arlenecaddow[/bold] wrote: This exactly why we needed a the food bridge......babies as young as a year old at Westview day nursery were stranded when parents had not safe crossing to collect them. Many thanks to the fire officers that worked very hard to get them reunited with parents... It was plain to see today that the foot bridge is necessary.....shame on those that voted against it......[/p][/quote]Was there nobody in charge to say this is getting bad, phone parents to come and pick children up. Room101

5:48pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Woodland Wookie says...

It wasn't so much the bridge but the design of it AND the COST to the Bradford tax payer. Most of those who voted against that particular bridge were Bradfordians who had seen it a lot worse that 2000. Where were you all in '68? Obviously not Bradford.
It wasn't so much the bridge but the design of it AND the COST to the Bradford tax payer. Most of those who voted against that particular bridge were Bradfordians who had seen it a lot worse that 2000. Where were you all in '68? Obviously not Bradford. Woodland Wookie

1:02am Sat 28 Dec 13

moonrakin wurzel says...

Woodland Wookie wrote:
It wasn't so much the bridge but the design of it AND the COST to the Bradford tax payer. Most of those who voted against that particular bridge were Bradfordians who had seen it a lot worse that 2000. Where were you all in '68? Obviously not Bradford.
+1
[quote][p][bold]Woodland Wookie[/bold] wrote: It wasn't so much the bridge but the design of it AND the COST to the Bradford tax payer. Most of those who voted against that particular bridge were Bradfordians who had seen it a lot worse that 2000. Where were you all in '68? Obviously not Bradford.[/p][/quote]+1 moonrakin wurzel

1:20am Sat 28 Dec 13

moonrakin wurzel says...

InsidetheEA wrote:
Environment Agency Flood Defence Assets - Manipulation of Figures - Are they fit for purpose? EA Whistleblower blog explains http://www.insidethe

environmentagency.co

.uk
It's probably no comfort to the soggy businesses alongside the River Avon in BoA that the Environment Agency commissioned a flood study involving BoA (for the hydro schemes at Avoncliff) this year that cost some tens of thousands of pounds and they used the *wrong* numbers.....
[quote][p][bold]InsidetheEA[/bold] wrote: Environment Agency Flood Defence Assets - Manipulation of Figures - Are they fit for purpose? EA Whistleblower blog explains http://www.insidethe environmentagency.co .uk[/p][/quote]It's probably no comfort to the soggy businesses alongside the River Avon in BoA that the Environment Agency commissioned a flood study involving BoA (for the hydro schemes at Avoncliff) this year that cost some tens of thousands of pounds and they used the *wrong* numbers..... moonrakin wurzel

3:47pm Sat 28 Dec 13

jigsaw 5 says...

Because of BOA residents don't want to ruin the Historic town. Maybe not a pedestrian bridge but how about an old fashioned Saxon catapult for visitors to get across the floods?
Because of BOA residents don't want to ruin the Historic town. Maybe not a pedestrian bridge but how about an old fashioned Saxon catapult for visitors to get across the floods? jigsaw 5

6:02pm Sat 28 Dec 13

Room101 says...

Be AWARE, more storms due on Monday. Make sure your on the right side of the river.
Be AWARE, more storms due on Monday. Make sure your on the right side of the river. Room101

6:38pm Sat 28 Dec 13

arlenecaddow says...

Room101 parents that send their children to day nurseries often work away from the area....floods don't give you any warnings and water came up in a bout 30 minutes. The nursery is on an elevated position half a mile away form the flood!!!! The problem was not us but the fact that the parents were unable to get over the bridge....no rocket science really just common sense...
Room101 parents that send their children to day nurseries often work away from the area....floods don't give you any warnings and water came up in a bout 30 minutes. The nursery is on an elevated position half a mile away form the flood!!!! The problem was not us but the fact that the parents were unable to get over the bridge....no rocket science really just common sense... arlenecaddow

12:09pm Sun 29 Dec 13

Tanglefoot1 says...

There are no decent shops in Bradford on Avon anyway,they are all pokey little junk shops.What is needed is a bulldozer.
There are no decent shops in Bradford on Avon anyway,they are all pokey little junk shops.What is needed is a bulldozer. Tanglefoot1

5:51pm Tue 7 Jan 14

trelawney says...

Tanglefoot1 wrote:
There are no decent shops in Bradford on Avon anyway,they are all pokey little junk shops.What is needed is a bulldozer.
agreed!
[quote][p][bold]Tanglefoot1[/bold] wrote: There are no decent shops in Bradford on Avon anyway,they are all pokey little junk shops.What is needed is a bulldozer.[/p][/quote]agreed! trelawney

5:55pm Tue 7 Jan 14

trelawney says...

Actually I have pndered my comment and thought more about it.

A few years ago I went out with a girl from BoA. I recall when we spit on fairly unfriendly terms she made the point that my home town was less than nice and in no way comparable with BoA.

Well my dear........SAIL ON LOL!!!!!!
Actually I have pndered my comment and thought more about it. A few years ago I went out with a girl from BoA. I recall when we spit on fairly unfriendly terms she made the point that my home town was less than nice and in no way comparable with BoA. Well my dear........SAIL ON LOL!!!!!! trelawney

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