Updates regarding flash flooding in Birmingham

By on 15/06/2016 in News

Important information regarding heavy rainfall and flash flooding from Birmingham City Council and Amey:

  • There were earlier delays at Birchfield underpass (A34 Walsall Rd) due to water on the carriageway. Amey drainage crew attended site and have assessed the pumps which were all working, it appears simply to be volume of water. The road is now clear of any water and traffic situation should be improving
  • Reports of flooding at Belgrave Middleway – Drainage crew on site and pumps are working.
  • Highways teams are well prepared for the forecast rain and all our resources are deployed and helping to keep the roads safe
  • During storm events the level of water in rivers, sewers and drains can overwhelm the entire system of pipes which can take hours to subside. Localised flooding does not mean the drains are blocked.
  • Some electrical equipment, including traffic signals, is being damaged by lightning and flood water.
  • Motorists are advised to drive with extra care and not to attempt to drive through deep water as this can displace water into businesses and homes.
  • Children are reminded that it is extremely dangerous to play in flood water as it can hide manholes that may have had the lids dislodged.
  • Please report any damage caused by the storm water to 0121 303 6644

Other updates:

  • The Library of Birmingham will open its express service as normal at 9am but it is unlikely there will be a full service.
  • Queensbury school in Erdington closed today due to electrical damage, expected to re-open tomorrow.
  • Bull Ring Indoor Market is open for business as usual today, following yesterday’s flooding.

Further update at 9.30am

  • Tyburn Road, one lane closed inbound between Bromford Lane and A38 due to flooding. Amey crew dispatched
  • Edgbaston Park Road, between Bristol Road and Church Road, moving but slow traffic due to flooding. Situation being monitored
  • Garrison Lane/Lawley Middleway – earlier collision being reported as cleared but flooding still causing issues.

Update as at 3.30pm

  • A power cut is currently affecting St Chad’s and Colmore Circus signals. Amey and Western Power Distribution crews are investigating. UPDATE: This has now been resolved.

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