Portslade residents fear flooding could return

Flooding in Elm Road in Portslade on Sunday

Steve Pratt with his son in Elm Road in Portslade

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RESIDENTS fear their homes could soon flood again despite emergency crews clearing blocked drains during the last deluge.

A Brighton and Hove City Council team was called to Portslade on Sunday after floodwater reached the doorsteps of homes.

They also handed sandbags to Elm Road residents only two weeks after flash-flooding surged into homes.

Homeowner Steve Pratt, 42, said water immersed most of the street after the aftermath of Hurricane Bertha swept the area.

The father-of-two said that in a ten-minute spell, water collected under cars, rising to the height of doorsteps and only began to subside when blockages in the drains were worked on.

Mr Pratt said: “The water came gushing down from nearby streets. We could not believe how quickly it rose.

“We are frustrated this happened again and want the council to clear the drains properly once and for all. We’re lucky our home hasn’t been flooded yet but we’re worried it could happen if action isn’t taken.”

He said nearby Hurst Crescent and Bampfield Street were also affected.

Les Hamilton, councillor for South Portslade, said: “The residents are very concerned. The council should have cleared the drains straight away after the first downpour.”

The council previously denied claims that blocked drains could have caused the floods, saying the gullies simply could not cope with the “extreme weather event”.

But councillor Alan Robins, of the environment, transport and sustainability committee, was sure they had contributed to the problem.

He said readings by the council’s Cityclean operation showed most drains in Sharpthorne Crescent were 75% blocked with silt or soil and one gully was obstructed.

Richard Bradley, head of Cityclean, said: “The sheer volume of surface water within such a relatively small timescale meant the road’s gullies were unable to cope.

“It can only take a few minutes for a gully to become blocked with fallen leaves and branches in high wind. We have, however, carried out further cleaning of these gullies to ensure surface water is able to run freely.”

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7:14am Wed 13 Aug 14

well i never says...

For more than 10 years the road drains at the junction of pavillion road and southfarm road, worthing back up in moderate and heavy rain causing a puddle some 6-8 metres long and 2 metres wide apporx 15cm deep, resulting in pedestrians getting soaked and the shops getting covered in dirty water. WSCC have sent gully suckers numerous times but will not deal with the real problem, blocked or broken pipework leading to the sewers, this problem affect to a lesser degree numerous other road gullies in the area. Having made sewer connections into main sewers for new houses I have seen sewers that are seriously scaled/silted up. the problem is a result of privitisation of the water authority which stopped the majority of routine maintainance in the case of sewers, and in the case of highways & road drains continual budget cuts and the contracting out of services, emptying gully pots is only part of the answer. after almost a lifetime in the industry, the sad part is that the inspectors concerned privately all agree with me and the public ALL pay an anual fee for removal of rain water from the highway.
For more than 10 years the road drains at the junction of pavillion road and southfarm road, worthing back up in moderate and heavy rain causing a puddle some 6-8 metres long and 2 metres wide apporx 15cm deep, resulting in pedestrians getting soaked and the shops getting covered in dirty water. WSCC have sent gully suckers numerous times but will not deal with the real problem, blocked or broken pipework leading to the sewers, this problem affect to a lesser degree numerous other road gullies in the area. Having made sewer connections into main sewers for new houses I have seen sewers that are seriously scaled/silted up. the problem is a result of privitisation of the water authority which stopped the majority of routine maintainance in the case of sewers, and in the case of highways & road drains continual budget cuts and the contracting out of services, emptying gully pots is only part of the answer. after almost a lifetime in the industry, the sad part is that the inspectors concerned privately all agree with me and the public ALL pay an anual fee for removal of rain water from the highway. well i never
  • Score: 6

7:14am Wed 13 Aug 14

well i never says...

For more than 10 years the road drains at the junction of pavillion road and southfarm road, worthing back up in moderate and heavy rain causing a puddle some 6-8 metres long and 2 metres wide apporx 15cm deep, resulting in pedestrians getting soaked and the shops getting covered in dirty water. WSCC have sent gully suckers numerous times but will not deal with the real problem, blocked or broken pipework leading to the sewers, this problem affect to a lesser degree numerous other road gullies in the area. Having made sewer connections into main sewers for new houses I have seen sewers that are seriously scaled/silted up. the problem is a result of privitisation of the water authority which stopped the majority of routine maintainance in the case of sewers, and in the case of highways & road drains continual budget cuts and the contracting out of services, emptying gully pots is only part of the answer. after almost a lifetime in the industry, the sad part is that the inspectors concerned privately all agree with me and the public ALL pay an anual fee for removal of rain water from the highway.
For more than 10 years the road drains at the junction of pavillion road and southfarm road, worthing back up in moderate and heavy rain causing a puddle some 6-8 metres long and 2 metres wide apporx 15cm deep, resulting in pedestrians getting soaked and the shops getting covered in dirty water. WSCC have sent gully suckers numerous times but will not deal with the real problem, blocked or broken pipework leading to the sewers, this problem affect to a lesser degree numerous other road gullies in the area. Having made sewer connections into main sewers for new houses I have seen sewers that are seriously scaled/silted up. the problem is a result of privitisation of the water authority which stopped the majority of routine maintainance in the case of sewers, and in the case of highways & road drains continual budget cuts and the contracting out of services, emptying gully pots is only part of the answer. after almost a lifetime in the industry, the sad part is that the inspectors concerned privately all agree with me and the public ALL pay an anual fee for removal of rain water from the highway. well i never
  • Score: 6

1:07pm Wed 13 Aug 14

ThinkBrighton says...

Most drains in the city have not been cleaned for many years, and the domino effect of blocked drains at higher levels causes flooding at lower levels.
It's about time Cityclean and WSCC started a programe to clean all drains in the area and at all levels.
Most drains in the city have not been cleaned for many years, and the domino effect of blocked drains at higher levels causes flooding at lower levels. It's about time Cityclean and WSCC started a programe to clean all drains in the area and at all levels. ThinkBrighton
  • Score: 0

5:32am Thu 14 Aug 14

Dave At Home says...

For the upmtenth time it is NOT the gullies that are full, it is the CONNECTING pipes that are clogged up with silt and sand from years of neglect and no (council) gully cleaning machines.

The council have told me that the contractors they use, clean all the connecting pipes when they clean the gullies, but they don't, because I have seen them just clean the gully out, I would wager my years salary that I could pick out 30 random gullies across the city and find that at least 27 of them have silted up connecting pipework. All the connecting pipes on Valley Road in Portslade are blocked and when it rains hard the water fills up the gully and flows along the road to the next gully and so on until it reaches the shops in the middle of Valley Road or ends up in the Old Village, where residents have now learned to open the cover on the corner of South Street/High Street and let the water run away quickly.

One day someone from CityClean or the council will come out and see for themselves that the residents are right and they are wrong in THEIR assumptions.
For the upmtenth time it is NOT the gullies that are full, it is the CONNECTING pipes that are clogged up with silt and sand from years of neglect and no (council) gully cleaning machines. The council have told me that the contractors they use, clean all the connecting pipes when they clean the gullies, but they don't, because I have seen them just clean the gully out, I would wager my years salary that I could pick out 30 random gullies across the city and find that at least 27 of them have silted up connecting pipework. All the connecting pipes on Valley Road in Portslade are blocked and when it rains hard the water fills up the gully and flows along the road to the next gully and so on until it reaches the shops in the middle of Valley Road or ends up in the Old Village, where residents have now learned to open the cover on the corner of South Street/High Street and let the water run away quickly. One day someone from CityClean or the council will come out and see for themselves that the residents are right and they are wrong in THEIR assumptions. Dave At Home
  • Score: 1

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