Fresh probe launched as 50 homes hit by floods 'as drains cannot cope'

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Fresh launched probe as 50 homes hit by floods 'as drains cannot cope'
Fresh launched probe as 50 homes hit by floods 'as drains cannot cope'

DOZENS of homes were hit by flooding, proving that Castle Point’s drainage system cannot cope, it is claimed.

A flood investigation has been launched by Essex County Council, after 50 properties were left partly under water in Benfleet, Hadleigh and Thundersley last October.

All the homes were in areas which are not highlighted as being prone to deep waters.

Councillors say continuous drainage works and checks are now essential to protect residents.

Andrew Sheldon, Tory leader of Castle Point Council, said: “The worrying thing is maps show inaccuracies in the surface drainage network. In places developers have left pipes unconnected.

“It’s clear the surface drainage system cannot cope and residents are rightfully concerned about it.”

Simon Hart, councillor responsible for infrastructure, said that Queensmere, and Rayleigh Road in Thundersley were particularly affected as flood waters entered homes.

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He said: “One of the key things is people reporting it and I know people do worry about this. We need to see key drainage cleaned and check for issues or faults too.

“We need to get the systems and infrastructure working and also leaves can cause issues in the drains as well.

“The council is considering the drains and flooding more as part of planning process and decisions too.”

Essex County Council has commissioned design and consulting firm BMT to undertake the flood investigation report on their behalf.

The company is speaking to key stakeholders the borough council, the Environment Agency, Essex Highways, Anglian Water and the Met Office, to understand the cause and impact of the flood incident, as well as working with the stakeholders to establish and prioritise key actions for mitigation and planning in the future.

A final report is due this spring.

Mr Hart added: “We do have ongoing meetings about flooding issues and these reports are not a one-off.

“I also want to remind residents about the grants from Essex County Council for homes affected by the flooding.”

To apply for a grant, visit flood.

essex.gov.uk/get-a-flood-grant/

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