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Failure to Clear drains

Reported via desktop in the Flooded road category anonymously at 13:41, Saturday 10 July 2021

Sent to Peterborough City Council less than a minute later. Council ref: 2854783.

Every drain in Thorpe Meadows & Riverside Garden was blocked last night resulting in impassable roads and flooding to Houses, gardens & garages. In the event of an emergency I doubt whether the emergency services would have made it. Who is responsible for drains. They are NOT DOING THEIR JOB, a waste of OUR money. yr etc

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  • Thanks for making your report.

    It will be passed on to the relevant department. We will endeavour to provide you with an update within 10 working days.

    Posted by Peterborough City Council at 13:42, Saturday 10 July 2021

  • This report has been referred to the Drainage Department.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Peterborough City Council at 14:43, Monday 12 July 2021

  • All highway gullies have been inspected on the public highway with little or no defects found, these road gullies outfall into the Anglian Water surface water sewer which in turn outfalls into the open water course network. As such the highway gullies are only as effective as the system they outfall into, this being the surface water sewer. On the 9th July whereby this area of the city received 92mm of rain in just a few hours the whole drainage network simply became overwhelmed with reports a culvert being partially blocked with debris made up of wood that appeared to be used to cross the watercourse from residents rear gardens. Lastly as this rain was not forecast the normal process of the environment agency to close the Penn Stock upstream of the Thorpe Road Roundabout to prevent flood water entering the system could not be actioned as no warnings were given and within 2 hours the system was already becoming overwhelmed.

    State changed to: Closed

    Posted by Peterborough City Council at 11:20, Monday 13 September 2021

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