Flooding in and around Keynsham - and there's more rain to come tomorrow
By BeckyFeather | Wednesday, November 21, 2012, 18:07
More heavy rain is forecast tomorrow after torrential downpours left parts of the Keynsham area under water today.
And Avon Fire & Rescue Service, which had a busy day rescuing more than 20 people from floodwaters from places including Chew Stoke, Chew Magna, Henbury and Dundry, is advising people to consider whether or not any journey they are planning to take, particularly into the afternoon, is absolutely necessary.
The River Chew rose to flood the road at Chewton Keynsham and Compton Dando today, and parts of Keynsham Memorial Park were also under water.
The River Avon burst its banks, flooding fields near the old Cadbury's factory and the cellars of the Lock Keeper pub.
The pub's car park was tonight under about 18 inches of water and sealed off but the pub was open as usual.
There was flooding on the A431 at Kelston earlier today, with many cars forced to turn back, and the A4 at Saltford was flooded near The Shallows but passable with care.
Bus services were affected with Service 319 unable to serve Bitton and Kelston and diverting instead via the A4 and Keynsham.
A little further afield, there were also long delays on the A37 after flooding between Pensford and Whitchurch. And Pensford Primary School was closed due to flooding.
Forecasts suggest that more rain is likely tomorrow afternoon. Because the land is already saturated, it will not take too much more rain to cause fresh flooding problems and more hazards on the roads.
An Avon Fire & Rescue Service spokesman said: "People should monitor weather forecasts and local radio broadcasts for up-to-date travel information and, if possible, monitor the Environment Agency website for latest flood warning details.
"If you are not able to work from home, or if you cannot leave work early tomorrow and avoid the later afternoon rush hour period, you should plan your journey carefully, and consider alternative routes if your usual way is blocked.
"Motorists should leave plenty of room between themselves and other vehicles, and drive with great caution.
"You should avoid driving through flood water if at all possible. If you do have to drive through any large puddles, you should test your brakes as soon as possible afterwards.
"It is important that the roads are kept clear so that emergency services can get to those in need as quickly and safely as possible."
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