St Albans motorists urged to stay “alert” after flooding

Fishing lakes in Frogmore were affected by recent heavy rain

Fishing lakes in Frogmore were affected by recent heavy rain - Credit: Debbie White/Archant

St Albans motorists will continue to be affected today (Monday) by surface water blocking major and rural roads around the county.

Colney Heath Lane is still closed and there are ongoing problems with Sandpit Lane in St Albans and Mackerye End in Harpenden, both of which are affected by closures.

But Coopers Green Lane in St Albans has recently become passable, and has been reopened.

A spokesman for Herts county council said that among the hundreds of incidents firefighters attended on Friday, when there was widespread flooding to roads, was a call to extract a Jeep stuck in water in Sandridgebury Lane.

Also, a fire crew from St Albans helped pump water from a cellar at Abbey Mill Lane as there were fears it would affect the building’s electricity supply.

People travelling into St Albans from outside of the area reported it took up to two hours to reach the city on Friday because water on local and outlying roads was too deep to drive through in places.

After issuing flood alerts late last week, the Environment Agency removed that status for the Upper River Colne at Colney Heath and London Colney and Tykes Water (Radlett Brook) in Radlett at about 6pm last night.

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A spokesman for the agency said although road conditions had improved, motorists “are urged to stay alert to potential dangers and drive responsibly”.

Rain has been forecast for later today, and tomorrow.