Restoration of flood-damaged roads nears final stretch

Five of the eight roads ripped up by June’s flash floods in the Chard area have now been fully restored by Somerset County Council’s highways team.

Extreme rainfall on 28 June saw unprecedented levels of water cascading through streets in Chard, flooding homes and businesses. At the same time outlying villages were hit by rising watercourse levels which saw roads ripped apart and communities cut off. 

The Council’s Highways Team and contractor Milestone has been in the area since day one, working on the clear-up across Chard and the surrounding areas and undertaking a major roads repair programme. 

The latest roads to be completed are Reservoir Road and Combe Lane in Combe St Nicholas before the team move onto restoring a sixth road, Holway Lane, in Tatworth and Forton on Monday 18 October.

Elsewhere teams are making good progress in Whitestaunton, with drainage works and full restoration of Mill Lane due soon, while White Ash Lane – a scene of complete devastation last June – will also be the focus for major drainage and resurfacing works in the coming months.

In the immediate aftermath of the flooding, the teams also worked alongside residents and partner agencies to restore access to villages and carry out a major clear-up operation. This covered Chard and the surrounding villages, as far as West Crewkerne, and saw thousands of tonnes of debris cleared from roads, as well as an extensive programme of drain and gully clearances.

In the coming weeks the Council is co-ordinating a wide-ranging programme of drain jetting, particularly in the Chard urban area, focusing on flushing out the critical routes impacted by the flood event.

Further still, improvements to the capacity of the existing drainage systems, specifically in Glynswood, are also planned.

Councillor John Woodman, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport at Somerset County Council, said: “The flash flooding in June was an extreme event and my thoughts have been with the residents and communities that have been affected – it has been a difficult time. 

“I’m extremely proud of the team’s effort so far, backed by our partner agencies and residents, and we are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Our own teams and those of our contractor, Milestone Infrastructure, have carried out a swift and highly professional job, clearing, preparing and resurfacing roads which had in some places been destroyed beyond conventional repair methods.

“We continue to work with those affected by this extraordinary event and the Council’s Flood and Water Management Team is conducting an investigation which will be summarised in a publicly available report.“

So far the falling roads have been repaired and reopened:

  • Scrapton Lane, Catchgate Lane and Reservoir Road in Combe St Nicholas
  • Pudleigh Lane, Wadeford
  • Combe Lane, Whitestaunton

If you wish to provide the Council’s Flood and Water Management team with information please email flooding@somerset.gov.uk or use the Flood Online Reporting Tool here http://www.somerset.gov.uk/waste-planning-and-land/flooding-information/

If you wish to report issues on the highway please visit http://www.somerset.gov.uk/roads-and-transport/report-a-problem-on-the-road/ or email countyroads-southsom@somerset.gov.uk For more information on roadworks, live traffic and major projects visit www.travelsomerset.co.uk  and follow @TravelSomerset on Twitter and Facebook.