Council responds to Storm Dennis

Published 18 February 2020

With the second storm to hit Wiltshire in two weekends, our highways team has been working around the clock to keep Wiltshire's highways as safe as possible.

Storm Dennis saw gusts in excess of 50mph and constant rainfall throughout the weekend, causing trees to fall and localised flooding.

Our crews received more than 100 reports that spanned the length and breadth of the county and worked day and night to keep Wiltshire's major routes as clear as possible.

Throughout the weekend more than 50 trees came down,  and there are still numerous flood alerts in the county; roads at East Dean, between Holt and Melksham, Reybridge and Staverton are currently closed.

Although the weather looks fairly unsettled for the rest of the week, water levels are already starting to recede. However, please continue take extra care and be mindful of surface water and debris on the roads and paths. Our team will be ready to respond should the situation worsen again.

The crews have temporarily suspended business as usual to focus on the fallout of both storm Ciara and Dennis and ensure the county gets back to normal as soon as possible.

People should also be aware of any potential flooding risk, by signing up for Flood warnings for England  with the Environment Agency.

To report a fallen tree or any other highways issues, use our online reporting service

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Published 18 February 2020