Flooded Pool to Otley road is pumped clear

Highways staff pumped water away and cleared blocked drains on the A659

Highways staff pumped water away and cleared blocked drains on the A659

First published in News

Heavy rain caused flooding between Otley and Pool-in-Wharfedale this week.

Run-off soil from a nearby field, on higher ground, clogged drains on the A659 Pool Road, causing more than five feet of water at one point, to build up on a section near the Blue Barn.

Police closed the road in both directions between East Busk Lane in Otley and the A659's junction with the A658 at Pool.

A crew from Leeds City Council, however, using pumps to move the water and clear the drains, had it ready to re-open again within a few hours. Meanwhile, Leeds City Council is urging motorists to obey police “road closed” signs.

A number of vehicles ignored them at Pool only to have to brake hard shortly afterwards – putting the authority's road-clearance teams at risk.

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