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A blocked surface water drain causing flooding

Reported by David Wyatt at 12:46, Sun 11 November 2018

Sent to Chelmsford City Council and Essex County Council 3 minutes later

A water chamber near the telegraph pole in the car at the corner of Southend Road and East Hanningfield Road is full of rain water and causes the water to flood into the gardens of 3 East Hanningfield Road and The Oaks in Southend Road. This morning it is also causing surface water to accumulate in East Hanningfield Road. The next chamber on the pipe run is in the grass verge outside The Oaks, Southend Road. The blockage is between the two chambers. The full chamber is fed by a 12" pipe from another chamber in the pavement outside 3 East Hanningfield Road. Using rods I believe the blockage is 39ft from the full chamber. (i.e. under the grass verge of the car park). The problem has been reported many times but the full chamber has only recently been discovered (it was prevously covered by about six inches of chippings and earth). Anglian Water have inspected it and have deemed it to be the responsibility of Highways.

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  • The response from Highways is that an inspection has taken place and they are considering if, or what, further action is needed. I watched that inspection from my house and saw that the inspector didn't investigate the full man hole. He could not have seen it from the car park because it is on my property, in my garden the other side of a six foot high fence, and he didn't come on to my property. When I went round to the car park to explain where the man hole is, and invite him to come and look at it, he simply 'blanked me' and drove off. I will be interested to learn what action he has determined is necessary.

    Posted by David Wyatt at 17:00, Sun 9 December 2018
    Still open, via questionnaire

  • I have not seen any activity regardng this problem since my previous update

    Posted by David Wyatt at 20:33, Sunday 6 January 2019
    Still open, via questionnaire

  • The access chamber nearest to my house continued to fill to overflowing. Those responsible for removing the blockage continue to show no interest in taking any action so a neighbour and I used our rods to try to improve the situation. We could not get the rods through from my nearest chamber so we tried from the next one in Southend Road. That chamber was empty but pushing the rods upwards allowed some water to get through. Water entered that chamber until it was half full (the water in both chambers seemed to then be at the same level but could not go lower because of another blockage further along. Pushing the rods down in that direction did help and the water emptied slowly from both chambers. The pipes are obviously still blocked further down and I think our rods have opened only a narrow hole on what I suspect is a lot of sludge that has accumulated over the years. They are ten inch pipes and need clearing with professional equipment rather than my DIY rods. We live in hope that those who are paid to maintain these rain water systems will do so, or those who manage the contracts will take an interest. Not confident either will ever happen though.

    Posted by David Wyatt at 22:24, Monday 25 February 2019
    Still open, via questionnaire

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