CONTINUOUS rain has once again left commuters struggling to get in and out of Uttoxeter as the roads and railway lines were left submerged under water.
Derbyshire Police has revealed that 18 inches of water on the A515 at Sudbury on Friday led to seven cars breaking down either side of the road with one woman trapped in the middle. They requested for Derbyshire County Council’s highway department to close the northbound carriageway of the road and it was asked the southbound carriageway also be shut.
The Environment Agency issued a flood warning on the River Blithe from Blithfield Reservoir to Bancroft including Hamstall Ridware.
Flood alerts were also issued for the River Churnet between Leek and Rocester, the River Tean between Adderley and Spath and the River Dove on low lying lands between Rocester and Clay Mills.
As of Friday, flood warning were no longer in force on Picknalls Brook, Marchington Brook and the Upper Dove between Izaak Walton on Rocester.
Rail passengers were also left in deep water as flooding left the town without a train service. A East Midlands Trains spokeswoman said: “Train services between Uttoxeter and Stoke-on-Trent are currently being disrupted as a result of flooding near Uttoxeter which has been caused by heavy rain.
“As a result, trains are not currently able to operate between Uttoxeter and Stoke-on-Trent and a replacement bus service has been put in place for passengers travelling on that section of the line. We would like to apologise to passengers for the inconvenience this may cause. As soon as Network Rail advise that the flooding has reduced, we will return services to normal as quickly as possible.”