|Afternoon update: Flooding disruption in Wigan Borough
Wigan Council is warning drivers to plan their routes, drive carefully and only travel if necessary during the evening peak time rush on Wednesday 26th September.
Following a period of heavy rainfall, flooding has forced the closure of several roads. Updates can be found on the council website. The Saddle Junction in Wigan, one of the major routes in and out of the town, will remain closed on Wednesday evening. Drivers are also advised to avoid Scot Lane.
Council officers have been on site at Saddle Junction since the early hours of Wednesday. Pumps have been used to reduce water levels but with the River Douglas still overflowing the water has nowhere to flow too. Only when the river has receded will the flooding be controllable. Council staff have been in constant contact with Environment Agency all day to monitor water levels in the river.
Kevin Hargreaves, Wigan Council Traffic Manager, said: “We know the flooding has created traffic disruption and we thank drivers for their patience and understanding.
“This has been an unprecedented weather event for the time of year and has caused considerable problems across the borough. Council staff have been working hard throughout the day to deal with numerous issues on our roads and to keep the public informed.
“Saddle Junction cannot be reopened before Wednesday evening’s peak traffic period. This is because of the amount of water on the road. At its height, there was two foot of water blocking it.
“This water has nowhere to flow too because the River Douglas is itself overflowing. We have pumped some water to reduce the levels but this will only achieve so much. Ultimately, we have to wait for the river to recede before the flooding can be brought under control.
“I’d like to reassure drivers that changes to the drainage system, which are part of the multi-million pound Saddle Relief Road scheme, will address some of the flooding issues and should prevent some of the problems we have recently experienced. Work is expected to begin on the drainage system within the next month.”
For more information about road closures, please check the council’s website, which is being constantly updated. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook for regular updates on what Wigan Council and partner agencies are doing to minimise the impact on local residents.
For up to date weather reports, go to: Met Office
For local traffic and travel news, visit:
BBC Traffic and Travel
Transport For Manchester
For more information about flood risks, visit: Environment Agency