Flood-hit road is reopened in both directions
A STRETCH of road notorious for flooding has been cleared and re-opened.
The A34 at Meaford was re-opened in both directions by midday yesterday after fire crews, council workers and police officers spent a day clearing flood water from the site.
The road, between the George and Dragon and the Darlaston Inn, was closed to traffic at the weekend after water engulfed the dual carriageway following heavy snow and rain.
Motorists are still being warned to approach the stretch with caution.
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Mike Maryon, Staffordshire County Council's highways chief, said: "The council's flood team spent most of yesterday pumping away water, as the big thaw and localised flooding led to the closure of the A34 at Meaford.
"The road became frozen and we worked around the clock with the fire service and the police to re-open lanes.
"Although the land is privately owned, we have been working endlessly each time it becomes flooded, to make the road accessible and to keep motorists safe.
"We built a small dam just before Christmas which continues to be in operation.
"The extremely wet weather has been exceptional – and while we can't control the weather, we have had crews working full stretch and have invested extra money in gulley cleaning.
"While the wet weather continues, we would ask drivers to be patient, to slow down, to follow diversions and above all to stay safe."
The Sentinel reported last month how families living in Meaford are calling on the authority to reduce the risk of flooding along the road after it had to be closed several times due to heavy rainfall.