Drains and douits blamed for Saturday’s torrential flooding
Tuesday 1st October 2013, 12:15PM BST.
SUMMERFIELD ROAD residents have called for problems with drains and douits to be fixed after torrential rain on Saturday left the area submerged under a foot of water.
Silverline Garage, on the junction with Braye Road and Vale Avenue, was the worst hit, but neighbouring properties were also affected. Nearly a third of an average month’s rainfall fell in just a few hours.
Bert Marquand, 79, who has lived in Summerfield Road for the last 65 years said flooding along the road was not uncommon. ‘The States tried to fix the drain a few years ago but it just can’t take that amount of rain, especially when it comes pouring down that hill [Croft Lane].’
Silverline Garage owner Richard Leslie said the rainfall came rushing down Croft Lane like a ‘waterfall’.
‘Some years ago there used to be a problem with flooding along Braye Road and Lowlands. That was fixed but it is now causing us trouble. We are getting a little fed up with it now.’
Each douzaine is responsible for ensuring drains and douits are cleared. Vale senior constable Margaret Cleal said they check they are clear twice a year – at the same time hedges are inspected.
Mrs Cleal said owners who do not clear their drains and douits by today would be given a notice. Following that, a list would be issued to Public Services so that inspectors would investigate the relevant properties.
Public Services was expected to comment today.