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Drain still blocked and path flooded

Reported via desktop in the Blocked drainage gully category anonymously at 09:34, Tuesday 2 February 2021

Sent to Peterborough City Council less than a minute later. Council ref: 2518227.

This was reported last week - the workmen came and took 2 barrow loads of leaves etc out and it is still blocked... the path is even more flooded than the last time...

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    Posted by Peterborough City Council at 09:34, Tuesday 2 February 2021

  • As per the report closed at 17:20hrs on the 27th January 2021, this gully has been cleansed. Unfortunately the gully pipework outfalls into a soakaway, which is located in the adjacent grass verge. As you may have noticed we have had a very wet Winter to date and continue to do so, with December 2020 being recorded locally as the wettest since 1868. Therefore soakaways are only as a good as the ground conditions they are installed in. With the sub soil strata at this location being made up of some slithers of river terrace gravels but predominantly oxford blue clay, during times of persistent rainfall the sub soils become saturated and simply can not absorb any more surface water. As such even the smallest rainfall event falling on already saturated ground will ultimately lead to standing water. This is a common practice throughout the county and England in general at present, with lots of floods and areas of standing water being witnessed. Where there is no engineering solution we simply have to let nature do its job and once ground conditions permit the surface water will disperse.

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted by Peterborough City Council at 10:09, Tuesday 2 February 2021

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