Gdynia Way closed for third time in a month
ONE of the city's busiest roads was again closed due to torrential rain - for the third time in a month.
During some parts of Friday night police were forced to shut a number of city roads for a short while due to 'the sheer weight of surface water' - including Gdynia Way, Western Approach and Union Street.
It was the third time within just over four weeks that Gdynia Way has had to be closed due to problems caused by heavy rain.
At the end of November the road was closed twice after downpours. The problem was blamed on South West Water sewers overflowing. Engineers, using CCTV cameras, found a lump of mortar and rubble in a pipe which they believed caused the blockage. However, the road flooded a few hours after the boulder was removed and engineers then said there was a build up of silt. Work was carried out the following week to clear that problem.
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The road was recently revamped as part of the recent £19m East End transport project.
After this weekend's closure a spokesperson for South West Water said: "The heavy rainfall this weekend has caused hydraulic overload in some areas of the network.
"The excess water at Gdynia Way in Plymouth on Friday was not the result of a blockage or issue with the system itself but rather the sheer volume of surface water entering the sewer.
"South West Water continues to work with Plymouth City Council to identify a long-term solution for this issue."
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