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M23 closed as flooding causes traffic chaos across Crawley

Traffic at a standstill across the town as flooding hits all areas.

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Traffic is at a standstill on the M23, both southbound from the M25 approaching Gatwick Airport and Northbound approaching Pease Pottage.

Traffic is queueing up to 5 miles on both approaches as the M23 has been closed between Junc 10 and 11 in both directions.

Sussex Police have already warned drivers that the road will be closed for several hours as an attempt to clear the standing water continues.

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But with rain still forecast for the rest of the day it will make it very difficult for travellers to make their way around Crawley.

Already traffic has been diverted through the town and with the added problems of roadworks still causing issues this added weight of traffic is only going to cause more problems.

On the A23, Salfords is also encountering more flooding as well as in Horley and Smallfields where a tree fell onto a HGV yesterday.

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Reminder to Crawley punters to maintain rules as three pubs in the UK forced to close after customers test positive for coronavirus

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It was a popular time across Crawley as customers flocked to the many pubs that reopened, welcoming punters back in for their drinks and to socialise – if with somewhat social distancing rules being enforced.

But now concerns are immediately being raised after three pubs in the UK announced they were forced to close almost immediately after customers reported that they had tested positive for coronavirus.

The three pubs in West Yorkshire, Somerset and Gosport all reported they were closed again after they were informed of customers who had been to the pub since they reopened and who had now tested positive for the virus.

It comes just after lockdown restrictions has begun to be eased allowing pubs and hairdressers to begin allowing customers back.

Photos from across Crawley showed punters visiting their favourite establishments on Saturday with social distancing rules being followed, but these reports from pubs across the country could be a reminder that the country is not free of the virus and every precaution that can be taken still needs to be adhered to.

The three pubs that closed have said that they are now undertaking a deep clean and hope to reopen very soon.

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