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Heavy rain causes flooding

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HEAVY rain caused landslides in St Brelade and St Lawrence this week, while flooding was reported on a number of roads during yesterday’s morning rush hour.

Collapsed wall on Mont Sohier, St Brelade. Picture: JON GUEGAN. (26221117)

Wednesday was the seventh wettest October day on record, according to the Jersey Met Office, with a total of 40.6mm of rain recorded at the Maison St Louis Observatory over 24 hours.

Mont Félard northbound was closed on Wednesday night after part of a rock face collapsed into the road. The road reopened shortly after, at 10pm, and civil engineers from Growth, Housing and Environment visited the site yesterday to assess the condition of the rock face. They were then due to contact the landowner if any work was required to stabilise it.

And yesterday a landowner in St Brelade had to deal with a wall that had collapsed into Mont Sohier, where the road descends into St Brelade’s Bay. The road was not closed but signs were put out to warn motorists and there were some minor delays.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for the States police said they had received a number of weather-related reports in the past 24 hours. They included reports of rocks in the road on Trinity Hill at 7.45am yesterday and flooding on Rue à Don near Lavender Villa.

A 2ft-deep pool of standing water on Rue de la Monnaie in Trinity, which was hardly passable, was also reported during the early hours of yesterday.

Rebecca Shutler, a forecaster for the Jersey Met Office, said there was more rain expected today and into the weekend, when it was forecast to be heavy.

‘It is very changeable but we are looking at heavy rain over the weekend,’ she said.

After a long spell of wet weather the Island’s reservoirs are now 67% full but can still take a further 862 million litres before reaching capacity, Jersey Water have said.

And despite levels rising 2% in a single month, the company says its ground-water levels are still very low and it is still anticipating November and December to be drier than normal.

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Lucy Stephenson

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