Chertsey Bridge and Chertsey Bridge Road were reopened to traffic on Thursday, more than a week after being closed due to the River Thames flooding.
Police ‘road closed’ signs directing traffic away from the surging water levels at the bridge had been in place since last Wednesday (January 8), after the Thames burst its banks the night before causing one lane of the road to be initially shut.
The following week saw the river level at Chertsey Bridge rising ever closer to the March 1947 high water mark plaque – before it began receding earlier this week – while surrounding areas have seen frequent traffic tailbacks due to numerous road closures.
Flood levels – which hit record highs in parts of Staines, Walton and Chertsey – have been dropping since Monday, but the Environment Agency continued to urge vigilance with more rain forecast.
At the peak of the flooding there were 14 flood warnings in force for the Thames in north Surrey, with one at Chertsey still in place on Thursday (January 16).
Police reopened the bridge, as well as Littleton Lane in Shepperton which joins with Chertsey Bridge Road, after Highways Agency engineers inspected it for any damage.
Flooding-related road closures still in place around Surrey on Thursday were:
- Almners Road/St. Annes Hill Road, Chertsey
- Alton Road, Wrecclesham
- Bridge Road, Chertsey
- Burges Way, Staines
- Cattershall Road, Godalming
- Chertsey Lane, Staines
- Church Road, Staines
- Church Street, Staines
- Farnham Road, Elstead
- Flanchford Road, Reigate
- London Road, Staines
- Ockham Road North, Ripley
- Plough Lane, Cobham
- Renfree Way, Shepperton
- River Lane, Farnham
- Sheep Walk, Staines
- Webb Road, Godalming
- Wheatsheaf Lane, Staines
- Whitmore Vale Road, Hindhead
- Windsor Road, Egham (junction with Runnymede roundabout)
- Windsor Road, Staines
But while the bridge itself was deemed fit to be reopened, repair work is needed in Chertsey Bridge Road after some people forced out of their homes by flooding tried to dig a channel down the side of the road for the water to escape.
Damage was caused to land at the edge of Dumsey Meadow, a Site of Specific Scientific Interest (SSSI), while utility cables and pipes were also exposed. Surrey Police is investigating the incident.
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