Flooded Sutton Bridge underpass sparks road safety fears
Mums carried children through dirty water in a flooded underpass or risked life and limb to cross two lanes of traffic on the A17 at Sutton Bridge to avoid getting wet.
The underpass linking Railway Lane North and Railway Lane South is on a route to school and parents complained to Lincolnshire County Council when it was inches deep in water for several days.
One mum told us she was carrying her children through the water because they couldn’t stay wet all day at school while another said a mum was spotted pushing a pram across the A17, a fast-flowing road with heavy traffic and a national 60mph speed limit.
Sutton Bridge Parish Council launched its own investigation – urgently seeking answers from Lincolnshire County Council – when the Spalding Guardian contacted them about the parents’ concerns.
Parish council chairman John Grimwood says the underpass is dry this week, but the parish wants assurances from the county council that the problem has been resolved and won’t resurface.
Coun Grimwood said: “I personally would not go across that highway (the A17) with kids because it’s a straight piece of road and it’s a fast piece of road.
“We will see what county highways come up with.
“If there’s a continual problem it needs to be sorted out. We will do our best to prompt the highways department to get it sorted out.”
He said none of the people affected by the flooding had directly contacted the parish council.
A Lincolnshire County Council spokesman said: "Having received a report of standing water in the subway, we sent our maintenance team to investigate. They found there was a minor problem with the pump that removes water from the subway. The faulty parts have been replaced, the pump is now working again, and the water has been removed."
More by this authorLynne Harrison