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Drivers using pavement to get through flooded Lobleys Drive

By citizengibbon  |  Posted: November 23, 2012

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Drivers have been spotted taking to the pavement in Lobleys Drive, Brockworth, in a bid to get around flooding.

The road has now been reopened having been closed since last night when police shut it off. Earlier today, residents spotted several motorists either simply ignoring the barriers and driving through or, in some cases, taking some interesting diversions.

On Twitter, Coopers Edge Community Group said: "Lobleys drive remains closed. People forcing their way through are putting people's homes at risk of of flooding, please don't!

"Photographs of anyone driving on pavements in Lobleys drive will be taken and handed to the police. A number already have been."

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Resident James Scott added: "People driving down the pavements narrowly avoiding pedestrians."

A police spokesman said the constabulary was "disappointed".

"Pavements are not a secondary route for drivers," she said. "Any motorists driving in such a way are committing an offence and we will take action where those are seen driving in such an irresponsible manner."

Gloucestershire County Council said it was working with the Coppers Edge developer consortium, which is responsible for the road, to try and avoid further problems. Standing water has now been cleared from the road which is passable again, residents said, but the problem could rear its head again with more heavy rain predicted over the weekend.

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  • Lobleys  |  November 23 2012, 4:26PM

    It was opened by the police this morning (less dangerous than driving along the pavement) and cleared of water around 2pm

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  • metoyou  |  November 23 2012, 3:19PM

    any chance Lobleys Drive is now open?

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  • sky_lark2  |  November 23 2012, 2:34PM

    Any need to comment on the homeowners? Would you say that to the people in Tewkesbury flooded in 2007? This is about people being considerate and obeying the law; the signs are/were there for a reason regardless of home; driving on the pavement is irresponsible and dangerous. I look forward to the first reports of broken down vehicles this weekend (as I am sure we will see more rain and flooding).

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  • mark123  |  November 23 2012, 2:00PM

    I've just run across the bridge. There are no road closed signs out just flooding signs. The closed signs have either been blown or placed to one side. The flooding is on the Coopers Edge Side of the bridge, which regularly floods and the developers numerous attempts have failed to fix the problem. The developers have recently built houses there. Good luck to any potential owners. Buses and cars seem to be driving through, with few turning back as the road closure is no longer clearly signed (its only 6 inches deep, but the new houses are very close).

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