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MP demands answers after flooding causes A38 closure for second day running

Wednesday 28th November 2012 (Andrew Griffiths)

BURTON’S MP has demanded answers after flooding closed the A38 for the second day running, clogging the town’s roads with thousands of extra cars.

Andrew Griffiths’ move emerged after commuters faced another nightmarish journey to work as they were forced to sit in lengthy tailbacks on alternative routes including the A511 and A444.

The Tory said: “I’ve written both to Staffordshire County Council chief executive Nick Bell and Environment Secretary Owen Paterson to ascertain whether there’s more we can do to prevent these kind of regular floods we suddenly appear to be having.

“We’ve been relatively lucky in East Staffordshire, but it would not take much more rain to turn this into a very serious situation.

“We need to re-assess the situation and make sure we are doing all we can to prevent not only the inconvenience of roads being closed, but also the devastation of homes being flooded.”

Mr Griffiths’ call came after Staffordshire Police warned motorists to avoid the A38 near Burton ‘unless travel was absolutely necessary’.

Crews from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service were using high-volume pumps to move water from the northbound carriageway of the A38 into Branston Water Park in a bid to clear the road before rush hour.

Graham Smith, data manager with Trafficmaster, said: “Hundreds or thousands of extra vehicles have been travelling through Burton to try to find their way around the problem.”

Among them were drivers snarled in a seven-mile jam between Hatton and Burton on the A511, and another queue of at least five miles between the town and Castle Gresley on the A444.

Derbyshire Police erected more road closure signs on the A5132 at Willington after drivers ignored them.

A spokesman said: “We would ask people to take a common sense approach and not drive through roads that are closed for their own safety and that of those who have to rescue them.”

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service rescued two children and a woman after their car became stuck in floods in Ingleby Road, Stanton by Bridge, at 5.08pm on Monday.

They also rescued another woman whose vehicle was stranded.

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