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Road drain o/s 36 Westgate (N side of road); road drain o/s 23 Westgate, The Sycamores (S side of Westgate - west of entrance; o/s 38 Westgate (N side of road).

Reported via desktop in the Blocked drain category by Bob Mortimer at 14:22, Wednesday 1 June 2022

Sent to Lincolnshire County Council less than a minute later. Council ref: 425386.

During a short, sharp shower on Monday 30 May 2022, these road drains were blocked by collected leaves from the autumn, and debris from overhanging trees this spring. o/s 36 Westgate - completely blocked and taking no water at all; o/s 23 Westgate - taking some water but flooding across the road; o/s 38 Westgate - taking some water but surplus flooding along towards the west. During another short sharp shower on Tuesday 31 May, the situation was the same. During the 24 hours none of the blockages had 'moved' and the flooding was the same. These were really short spells of heavy rain raising questions about the risk in longer spells of heavy rain. If these drains are serviced and cleared annually, that is clearly not enough. The gutters are swept regularly by ELDC mechanical sweeper.

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  • Thank you for your report. We will investigate and make an update to this report within 14 days.

    Posted by Lincolnshire County Council at 14:23, Wednesday 1 June 2022

  • We need to investigate this report. We will contact you again when an update is available.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Lincolnshire County Council at 08:42, Monday 6 June 2022

  • We are sorry but we are not taking immediate action with this report because we checked the area on Monday 6th June after constant rain from Sunday into Monday and there were no signs of standing water. The gullies will be cleaned as part of our programmed schedule. Thank you for reporting this matter.

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted by Lincolnshire County Council at 12:12, Thursday 9 June 2022

  • I've read your no further action report dated 9 June 2022. I'm surprised that you think an inspection the next day (6 June) after "constant rain" on 5/6 June is the correct response to my report of what is known as 'flash flooding' during "short sharp showers" a week earlier. The drains may have coped with your steady constant rain but they were flooding (as I reported) when there was heavy rain for a short period. If the road drains will not take away the amount of water that is flowing to them, they are flooded. Your next day inspection finding "no signs of standing water" does not test whether they will flood again under heavy rain. Please compare this to how traffic jams work - there's a traffic jam (a flood); in time traffic clears; there is then no longer a problem - but there is the next time there's too much traffic. Please ask an engineer to look into this and have him/her arrange for a gully sucker to clear the drains of the months of accumulated rubbish there now. The attached photographs (o/s 23, 36, and 38 Westgate) show the rubbish-filled drains AFTER your reported "constant rain". In heavy rain, these drains take surface water running from Irish Hill (to the west) and from Breakneck Lane (to the south east). They have to deal with a very large catchment. I repeat my assertion that an annual visit from a gully sucker is not adequate for these critical drains. After weeks of low rainfall, a downpour is a real possibility. If you do not deal with the problem now, property flooding is a real possibility.

    Posted by Bob Mortimer at 12:38, Monday 13 June 2022

  • Friday 17/6/2022. This problem is flagged on your map as closed (green pointer). It is not closed. Could you please identify it as requiring further investigation. Thank you.

    Posted by Bob Mortimer at 08:34, Friday 17 June 2022

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