Road closures in St Albans after heavy rain
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Water is being pumped from flooded roads throughout St Albans as the county’s highways authority struggles to cope with the impact of recent heavy rain.
There is surface water blocking or affecting many major and rural roads around the county, resulting in the closure of or restrictions upon Hemel Hempstead Road (B487) in Redbourn, the A5 in Markyate, High Street (B651) in Sandridge and Coopers Green Lane in St Albans.
Also, one southbound lane is closed at J5 (Watford) on the M1, while on the M25, anti-clockwise, one lane is also closed at J21 (A405), St Albans.
A spokeswoman for Herts county council said that the fire and rescue and highways teams were, “working hard to clear flooded roads and respond to calls for assistance”.
She added: “Calls are being responded to as quickly as possible and are being prioritised in terms of risk to life.”
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Crews from Ringway, working on behalf of the council, are organising traffic diversions and pumping water from flooded roads.
Given the widespread flooding motorists are advised to allow extra time for journeys and should avoid driving through floodwater.
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Just a small amount of water can cause a car to stall.
More heavy rain is expected over the weekend.
Updates can be obtained on Twitter via: @HertsFRSControl @Herts_Highways or see www.hertsdirect.org/services/transtreets/highways/flooding