Part of A34 near Stone shut by floodwaters
A ROAD was partly closed due to flooding after a major downpour.
Traffic travelling southbound along the A34, at the Meaford Road junction at the Darlaston Roundabout, near Stone, was restricted to one lane yesterday after heavy rain hit North Staffordshire and South Cheshire.
Firefighters were called to rescue three people who were trapped in their cars along the stretch, near to the George and Dragon pub.
An elderly man was taken to hospital after he drove through flood water – which reached depths of three feet – at the junction on Thursday.
And yesterday, a van and a Land Rover were pushed to safety by firefighters, at the same spot.
Staffordshire County Council workers were at the scene clearing away the excess water.
Staffordshire County Councillor and Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, Mike Maryon, is urging motorists to find alternative routes and avoid the road if possible.
He said: "Following heavy rainfall overnight and yesterday, the inside lane of the A34 at the Meaford Road junction at the Darlaston roundabout, near Stone, is flooded.
"The traffic going southbound has been reduced to one lane which is causing some delays.
"We have crews at the scene who will be trying to clear the excess water from the road and would urge people to take their time and bear with us, finding alternative routes where possible, as we work to improve the situation."
Downpours have led to evacuations and road closures across the UK where a total of 70 flood warnings are in place.
And Staffordshire was one of many places which experienced disruption and hazardous driving conditions.
The Met Office has now issued a warning to people to be careful following the forecast of windy weather for today and tomorrow.