St Albans battered by storms - motorists warned to be extra careful

Water pours through the ford at batford

Water pours through the ford at batford - Credit: Archant

The district is currently being lashed by more severe storms, and there is no let up expected for much of the weekend.

Heavy rain and strong winds are predicted to last well into Saturday, with the skies only clearing tomorrow evening.

Driving conditions are already very difficult, with many roads experiencing flooding, so motorists are advised to allow extra time for journeys and not to ignore road closures.

Cabinet member for highways, Terry Douris, warned: “Water levels change rapidly and it isn’t worth writing your car off to save a few minutes. Highways and Fire and Rescue crews will continue working round the clock to clear as much flood water as possible, but more rain will inevitably cause disruption and further flooding.”

The situation will change rapidly so follow Highways on @Herts_Highways and Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue on @HertsFRSControl for updates on road closures and safety advice. Information on road closures is also available, updated several times a day, on www.hertsdirect.org/roadclosures


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Richard Thake, cabinet member for community safety, said: “There has been a record amount of rain this winter, which, given the sheer volume of water, has made some localised flooding inevitable. Fields are saturated and rivers are at full capacity or have already burst their banks, so I’m afraid this latest forecast means that we’re almost sure to see more localised flooding. I strongly encourage everyone – and especially those unfortunate enough to have already been affected by the floods – to be prepared.

“We will continue to work closely with our partners to do everything we can to assist residents and I would like to thank everyone for their tireless work, especially over the last 10 days.”

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Currently there are no flood warnings for the River Ver, although the Environment Agency has issued a warning for the Upper River Colne and Radlett Brook at Colney Heath, London Colney, Borehamwood and Radlett

The agency said the ground in the area is saturated, so rivers are sensitive, and will rise in response to further rainfall. It will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates if there are any changes.

Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Assistant Chief Constable Mick Ball said: “During the bad weather last week we saw some excellent partnership working and true community spirit in the areas most severely affected by flooding. With more rain forecast in the coming days, I would encourage people to consider what effects this may have on them and to be prepared. Safety is a priority and I would like to reassure members of the public that we are monitoring the situation closely with our partners and will respond should any incidents of flooding occur.”

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