4,000 litres of water being pumped a minute to protect homes from flood damage
PUBLISHED: 09:09 22 November 2016 | UPDATED: 09:14 22 November 2016
Water is being pumped from the Locking Castle area today (Tuesday) to protect homes.
Estates were flooded yesterday afternoon, as rain continued to pour in Weston-super-Mare and North Somerset.
North Somerset Council is focusing its attention on Summer Lane pond, Locking Castle, where water levels rose quickly yesterday and risked flooding nearby properties.
Locking Castle is one of the worst-hit areas in Weston, and both Herons’ Moor Academy and Baytree School are closed today.
A council spokesman said: “We had crews out yesterday and through the night dealing with the issue.
“Flood barriers were installed yesterday to contain the water, and overnight Avon Fire and Rescue installed a pump to take water away from the pond area.
“We expect this to be working most of the day today, pumping water at a rate of 4,000 litres a minute. It is making a big difference.”
The council has asked motorists to take extra care around Elmham Way and Worle Moor Gate, Worle, as it has a hose across the road.
The spokesman said: “The pump hose goes across Elmham Way at the junction with Worle Moor Gate (by Morrisons). Ramps are being used to straddle the hose and traffic restrictions are in place to one lane each way. This will cause an issue with tailbacks and motorists are urged to be patient.
“At the roundabout’s left turn from the A370 from Weston onto Elmham Way, two lanes here now merge into one for the hose ramp so motorists should take extra care when approaching the junction.
“We expect the pump to be working for most of day and road closures remain in place either side of the Summer Lane entrance.”
* Keep an eye on our flooding updates page for more details of road closures, public transport problems and school closures.