Flooded Queens Drive to remain closed after thunderstorms

Queens Drive closed due to flooding
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A key south Liverpool that was closed after flooding on Tuesday night will remain shut to motorists after suffering damage.

A section of Queens Drive in Mossley Hill was flooded during bad weather last night. The same section of road was where married couple Elaine and Philip Marco tragically died last summer after their car became stranded in flood water.

Following the shocking deaths of the well-known couple, Liverpool Council installed a package of new infrastructure to try and prevent further tragedies in the area, where flooding regularly occurs.

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This included new barriers, cameras and flood sensors, with motorists warned to avoid the area during bad weather and the barriers able to stop drivers travelling through.

As storms battered Liverpool last night, the new upgrades worked successfully, with the flood sensors activated and the barriers automatically closing the road.

A spokesperson for Liverpool City Council said: “The systems we put in place at the start of this year, including the early warning system, CCTV and barriers worked well, enabling the council to close the road, warn road users and keep the public safe during this period."

But the bad weather has caused damage to the area of Queens Drive - which lies under a railway bridge - and it remains closed.

The council spokesperson added: “Queens Drive remains closed until a full inspection of the area is completed and the clean-up commences. Initial investigations indicate damage to the road and footway that will need repairing before it can be re-opened, but the extent of this is unknown at this time."

A United Utilities spokesperson added: “Following extremely heavy rainfall, we are aware of flooding in the Queen’s Drive area. Our team is on site, working with the council and other organisations, carrying out investigations."

Queens Drive wasn't the only road in Liverpool to be closed after stormy weather last night. The city council also closed Deysbrook Lane and Lower Lane after they too became flooded. The council said today that both roads remain closed for the moment.

A spokesperson said that for any properties that were flooded in the stormy weather, the council will be commissioning a report to investigate the matter.

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