Road in Bradford on Avon still waterlogged, months after Christmas Eve floods

Wiltshire Times: Lyn Joyce shows the extent of the flooding. She lives in Elms Cross Drive which is opposite. Photo:Glenn Phillips (49430) Lyn Joyce shows the extent of the flooding. She lives in Elms Cross Drive which is opposite. Photo:Glenn Phillips (49430)

Homeowner Lyn Joyce has been trying in vain to get Wiltshire Council to fix a blocked drain which causes water to splash over her Bradford on Avon garden wall since Christmas.

Water has been flooding outside her house in Spencers Orchard since the Christmas Eve floods.

Mrs Joyce, 63, said she has phoned the council several times since then.

She said: “It is the gully drain in Elms Cross Drive that is blocked, and water is continuing to flow down onto the main road causing a huge puddle.

“Cars have been driving through and splashing my wall. It is now black and it will cause deterioration of the wall. I first phoned Wiltshire Council after Christmas and they said they had other priorities because of the flooding. I understood that.”

She said that, in February, Balfour Beatty put bollards up but they had since disappeared.

“It stopped three weeks ago, but started when it rained again. When it is really bad, it comes over the wall and into the garden,” she said.

Retired Mrs Joyce, who has lived in the property with her husband Brian for 20 years, contacted Wiltshire Council again last Wednesday.

She said she told the council that if the drains were unblocked the road surface would not be as badly flooded.

A Wiltshire Council spokesman said: “Since the unprecedented flooding last winter our teams have been working to deal with affected homes and roads as quickly as possible.

“We are aware that on this particular road high levels of flood and spring water can splash onto properties, and we are looking at what can be done as we continue to work through the list of areas which have been affected.

“Wiltshire Council has increased funding from £500,000 to £1m to help alleviate flooding issues.”

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10:24am Wed 28 May 14

beetawix says...

Why according to the spokesman is a blocked drain subject to being looked at for 5 months to see what can be done?
The drain cleaner has been around here efficiently dealing with thousands of drains, few if any of which were blocked, whilst ignoring this reported one.
Why according to the spokesman is a blocked drain subject to being looked at for 5 months to see what can be done? The drain cleaner has been around here efficiently dealing with thousands of drains, few if any of which were blocked, whilst ignoring this reported one. beetawix
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11:37pm Wed 28 May 14

cmness says...

So, with all the heartache and dispair shop owners have had to endure through flood damage and road closures, we are now more concerned about a bit of black wall. I admit it must be a little frustrating, but it's time for a reality check.
So, with all the heartache and dispair shop owners have had to endure through flood damage and road closures, we are now more concerned about a bit of black wall. I admit it must be a little frustrating, but it's time for a reality check. cmness
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8:14am Sun 1 Jun 14

beetawix says...

did anyone say we were 'more' concerned?
so what date would you put on fixing this problem?
or by 'reality check' do you suggest that the problem is imaginary?
did anyone say we were 'more' concerned? so what date would you put on fixing this problem? or by 'reality check' do you suggest that the problem is imaginary? beetawix
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