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July 21st, 2014 |

After the Flooding….

So, another onslaught of intense rain led to more flooding yesterday. In most cases, not as bad as last year, but in other places much worse.

 

The District Council, has said the following today:

 

Free collection service for flood-damaged goods

A free collection service is in place for flood-damaged goods, following this weekend’s heavy rain.

Those who need to get rid of bulky items will need to contact customer services. The goods will then be collected the following day.

If you have any small electrical items you need to be disposed of, please bag them up separately.

You can either call Rochford District Council’s customer services team on 01702 318111 to arrange collection or e-mail using this form

Reporting a flooding problem

The lead local Flood Authority is Essex County Council, who provide information at www.essex.gov.uk/flooding

Blocked gullies and highway drainage issues can be reported via the ‘Report a Problem’ page at www.essex.gov.uk/highways or by calling 0845 603 7631.

Travel information on highways in Essex is also available at www.essex.gov.uk/highways and on Twitter at @Essex_Travel

For further advice regarding flooding visit the Environment Agency website on www.gov.uk/check-if-youre-at-risk-of-flooding They also operate a Floodline on 0345 988 1188 or 0845 988 1188

Road Sweepers clear up following flooding

Residents are being urged to contact Rochford District Council if they have roads that need sweeping following flooding issues.

The Council’s waste collection contractors, SITA, are sending their mechanical road sweepers out to clear debris left behind by the waters.

The sweepers have already been out this morning clearing the roads where the Council is aware there has been a problem.

However, if you live in the District and your road still needs sweeping please inform Rochford District Council’s customer services team on 01702 318111.

 

 

If your home was flooded or nearly flooded, or if you know of any blocked gullies, please let us know as well as the council.

In the meantime, here are some photos from yesterday from Downhall and Rawreth Ward:

Canterbury Close,

Canterbury Close,

Ditch in Sweyne Park., after nearby residents had unlocked most of the grille

Ditch in Sweyne Park., after nearby residents had unlocked most of the grille

Laburnum Way

Laburnum Way

"Trenders Avenue - Filthy Black Water Smelling Of Sewerage"

“Trenders Avenue -Filthy Black Water Smelling Of Sewerage”

5 Responses to “After the Flooding….”

  1. 1
    Jim Cripps:

    It is all very well but it’s all after the event stuff – what is needed is a recognition that these events are getting more frequent and some ( now) well known problem areas that need re- design / increased capacity as a matter of urgency.
    And I would suggest a serious review of the ongoing trend of building next to areas already shown on Environmental Agency Flood Risk maps as at risk – not rocket science is it.

  2. 2
    Christine Paine:

    Last August, the incredibly wet winter, and Sunday afternoon. Three “once in a hundred years” events in under one year. You only have to look at the photos on Rayleigh Action Group Facebook page to see how bad it was in some areas, and also to see how communities and neighbours pulled together to unblock drains and culverts, get pumps going, try to save their and their neighbours homes. Despite this RDC want to increase the density of new houses on fields that took some of the water on Sunday, think how much worse it would have been if they were concrete. When are they going to wake up and realise just what they are doing and what the implications are.

    Perhaps it should be compulsory for District Councillors and MPs to live for five years in any new development they approve that the local community are against. They might think a bit more carefully if they were going to have to do that.

  3. 3
    Jim Cripps:

    Can someone cleverer at IT than me, please put on here the
    Surface Water Flood Map – Environmental Agency ( just put in post code SS69RY ).
    And consider the photo’s at the top of this thread –
    Canterbury Close is shown dark blue ( high risk )
    Trenders Ave is a patchwork of medium to dark blue ( med> high risk )
    Laburnum Close is impacted by that same swathe of natural flooding.
    Now look to Fairmead / Salem Walk / Eon Site and immediately to the West the
    Countryside proposed development ‘ North of the London Rd ‘ – not to mention the
    Ocean that is Rawreth Village.

  4. 4
    richard lambourne:

    This a predictable response, but probably too little, what we would all like to hear is that a vigorous campaign of inspection to identify areas where remedial work is needed has been started and then enforcement orders on landowners and utility companies that fail to comply

  5. 5
    bruce smart:

    As posted previously, we would all have more sympathy for any agency that cleared drainage ditches and had a programme of regular inspection, annual clearing and emergency clearing when necessary. How long have I/we been asking for the ditches to be cleared along Hullbridge Road. It cannot be done by hand.

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