Motorists disrupted as floodwater causes road closure

Motorists disrupted as floodwater causes road closure

Motorists disrupted as floodwater causes road closure

First published in Bradford

Heavy rain has caused flooding between Otley and Pool-in-Wharfedale today.

Run-off soil from a nearby field, on higher ground, had clogged up drains on the A659 Pool Road - causing more than 5ft of water 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, just after 1pm.

Leeds City Council is urging motorists to obey police 'road closed' signs after 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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