Efforts continue to clear floodwater in Nottingham after heavy rain

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Crews are continuing to clear floodwater around Nottingham today (Friday) to help keep the city moving.

Heavy rainfall across the region yesterday led to issues in the city centre and some neighbourhoods.

Nottingham City Council crews were out late into the evening attending highway flooding issues.

The focus has been on hotspot areas and the clearing of gullies. The city has more than 40,000 which are all cleared annually but known problem areas are targeted more frequently, particularly in the autumn when leaf fall can cause blockages.

Often gullies aren’t necessarily blocked but flooding still occurs due to the sheer volume of rain falling.

Additional highways and street cleaning crews will remain on stand-by to provide extra support if needed over the weekend.

The only issues we have at present are:

  • Old Nottingham Road, Basford (industrial area) – flooded road, partial closure. This road serves industrial units and is a cul-de-sac. We expect the water to subside once the level of the River Leen falls
  • Old Colwick Road (industrial area) – flooded road, partial closure.  This road serves industrial units and is a cul-de-sac. The levels have dropped considerably this morning and operatives and a gully machine have been on site this morning. This road should be clear of water later today                

We have two gully machines responding to enquiries and have a team checking and cleaning various sites around the city. Street Scene staff are also clearing leaf fall from our targeted gully-cleaning routes and we will continue to check the gullies in these locations.  

The Queens Drive park-and-ride had to be closed this morning and will remain shut tomorrow, with a decision then being taken over whether it can reopen on Monday. The Victoria bus station has now reopened.

Councillor Sally Longford, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for the Environment at Nottingham City Council, said: “I’d like to pay tribute to the hard work of our crews who were out all day on Thursday, and late into the night, tackling the floodwater and keeping Nottingham moving.

“We work really hard throughout the year clearing gullies across the city, paying particular attention to known hotspots which are affected by floodwater. However, on rare occasions it is the sheer volume of water falling in a short period of time which causes problems.

“The weather forecast appears to suggest that we should see less rain in the coming days and our understanding is that we can expect to see river levels starting to recede from this afternoon.

“We will remain ready and prepared to react if the situation changes, offering support to residents in areas of the city that are prone to flooding. Meanwhile I’d also like to thank everyone for their patience over the past 24 hours and hopefully things will be back to normal very soon.”

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