Bruton drainage work gets under way after flooding

Quaperlake Street, Bruton Image copyright Google
Image caption Quaperlake Street in Bruton will be closed until 5 September

Work to prevent flooding in a Somerset town, which had to be postponed due to severe wet weather, is under way.

The A359 Quaperlake Street, Bruton, will be shut until 5 September so the drainage system can be cleared and upgraded.

The work had been scheduled to take place in February but "unprecedented" flooding meant it was cancelled.

Conservative councillor Harvey Siggs said the "vital" work would "make a real difference" in the town.

"Obviously it is regrettable that the road will have to close, but the street is very narrow and it is not possible to safely use traffic lights," the cabinet member for highways said.

"Please bear with us and be assured we will be working hard to complete the work as quickly as possible."

The county council said diversions would be in place while the road was closed.

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