Drainage problems cause flash flooding

The road and pavement submerged during Monday's downpour on Castle Terrace. EMN-150914-185730001
The road and pavement submerged during Monday's downpour on Castle Terrace. EMN-150914-185730001

Residents of a Sleaford street fear they will continue to be the victims of flooding unless action is taken by highways managers.

Householders in Castle Terrace and Castle Terrace Road, off West Banks, are getting fed up with having their homes threatened by flooding everytime it rains due to rising waters pooling at the end of their street.

Sara Cook watches the flood water subside away from threatening her mum's home. EMN-150914-185741001

Sara Cook watches the flood water subside away from threatening her mum's home. EMN-150914-185741001

Monday’s thunder storms highlighted the issue with water quickly filling the road, spilling over pavements and lapping up against front doors of the terraced street and alleyway.

Diana Ball has lived at Castle Terrace for 30 years and said the drains need flushing out or upgrading as they can no longer cope: “It never used to happen until houses were built across the road where some old garages used to be. Now water has nowhere to go.

“Now when it rains we have to cross the street and go round to get to my house because the pavement is flooded.”

Daughter Sara Cook took pictures on her phone after the downpour on Monday showing the flood water right across the street marooning her mother in her home.

She said: “It was streaming down the alleyway.

“It’s getting bad. It happens every time we have a downpour, it just pools and doesn’t drain away - it’s ridiculous.

“We just don’t know who to turn to to put it right. It has flooded homes in the past.”

The Standard contacted Lincolnshire County Council highways whose area highways manager, Rowan Smith, said: “Heavy rain, such as we experienced on Monday, often overloads the systems in places and most incidents of road flooding are the result of heavy downpours where rain falls faster than the road gullies can take it.

“The placing of additional gullies, therefore, is not always the answer.

“We have checked the roads after the rainfall has subsided and in this instance the water has drained away.

“We believe there are no further issues to investigate. As lead local flood authority, Lincolnshire County Council will investigate any flooding incidents which have caused a risk to life or property, and investigate other causes of flooding if there is a need to.”

l The thunder storms produced other freak weather on Monday, including tornadoes over Sleaford.

Visit www.sleafordstandard.co.uk to see video captured by Sean Searl of Heckington.