Storms wreak havoc across our area

The boatyard in Keynsham has been cut off by flooding

The boatyard in Keynsham has been cut off by flooding

The heavy storms have wreaked havoc in our area, particularly around Keynsham, Saltford and Bitton and Wick.

In Keynsham the Phoenix Boatyard on the banks of the River Avon was said to be cut off. B&NES Council river and canal champion Councillor Dave Laming tweeted today: “My boatyard cut off in Keynsham. Raging across road. Xmas off for over 40 families.”

A man and his ten-year-old daughter had to be rescued from their car after getting stuck in floodwater at Kelston last night. They had been travelling towards Bath shortly at about 8.15pm last night when their car got stuck in floodwater along the A431. Firefighters carried the girl and helped the man to safety.

Flooding at The Shallows in Saltford

Flooding at The Shallows in Saltford

The A431 remains impassable at Kelston tonight. Fields around Bitton and Swineford are under water and a rapid relief team was this morning sorting out sandbags for residents of Swineford whose back gardens border the River Avon. 

The River Avon has burst its banks in Saltford with flooding at The Shallows said to be close to a record level.

The fields at Keynsham Rugby Club are under water and the car park and cellar of the Lock Keeper pub in Keynsham are badly flooded although the inn is open for business.

Yesterday’s violent storms brought down power cables and trees and disrupted bus and rail services. The road from Lansdown to Wick was blocked with floods and a fallen tree.

There have also been reports of tree downs on the Bristol to Bath cyclepath, including near the Staple Hill tunnel.

First Bus said the only weather related disruption today was the Bristol to/from Bath services 319 & 332 along the A431 which were being diverted via Saltford and Keynsham.

Meanwhile there were reports this morning of two big water leaks at the bottom of Dunster Road in Keynsham and the entrance to the new Meadows development, with concerns that the water could be off temporarily over Christmas for it to be fixed.

The new lake at Keynsham Rugby Club's playing fields

The new lake at Keynsham Rugby Club’s playing fields