Diary of a Sutton Councillor

Tuesday 4th August 6.30pm

Meeting with residents about flooding issues

Cllr. Hall & I met with a group of neighbours in Beddington Gardens to hear about the flooding problems they were experiencing more regularly. The man whose house we were in had previously come to surgery to tell us about the problem and had insisted that we visit and watch a video he had taken during the most recent flooding.

When I watched the video I understood why he had been so keen for us to see it. I had expected to see puddles of water in the house and flood damaged furniture, but what the video showed was a river of fast flowing water pouring down his street lifting cars onto the pavement and damaging garden walls, and the water reaching up to the windows of the houses of this resident and his neighbours. And this was the result of a twenty minute downpour! The neighbours explained that the street had always been prone to flooding and storm drains had been put in many years ago. However the drains had proved unable to cope with the flash floods which seem to be becoming more common in recent years. The downpour that was videoed had caused the street to fill with running water in just ten minutes, and when the rain stopped it had disappeared within ten minutes, but leaving devastation in its wake.

 Colin & I inspected the area whilst the residents explained how the water built up along the South of Woodcote Road, running down the hill and then followed the camber of the road to be channelled into Beddington Gardens. It was obvious that the problem was largely due to the pattern of the roads on the natural landscape and Colin explained that there were measures that could be looked into to try to mitigate the effects of this and he agreed to follow this up.

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September 16, 2009 - Posted by | Meeting

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