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Serious flood risk to properties 12, 11 and 10 Railway Terry

Reported via mobile in the Flooding of a road or pavement category anonymously at 18:28, Saturday 14 January 2023

Sent to Bath and North East Somerset Council less than a minute later. Council ref: 4129222.

Run-off from the road (St Julian's Road) is pouring over the kerb and down the driveways to these properties. They are at serious risk of flooding. Note: the problem is worse since the road was resurfaced as this effectively raised the level of the road relative to the kerb allowing water more easily to breach it.

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    Posted by Systems Team at 18:28, Saturday 14 January 2023

  • Inspectors came on Wednesday but after thinking about what they're proposing, we have concerns about this. My partner is submitting a further response so please don't close this matter

    Posted anonymously at 08:51, Friday 20 January 2023

  • There is a flooding issue here, (Shoscombe Vale) which involves our property #12, #11 and 10 and to a lesser extent the ‘Homestead’ (Peter and Sue next door to us). There is the potential for our properties to be seriously flooded and have nearly done so, but for the very small drains in front of our houses (that can very easily be blocked with leaves etc), and the low stepped entrances to the houses. I have a video of one of the floods, would you mind if I sent it to you via email or some other method?

    Flooding from the road has happened quite a few times over the years, it seems to be becoming more frequent and with greater volume/intensity of water. The water coming off the hill and pouring across the road has always pooled in front of #11 and never fully drained off to the drain about 4 or 5 metres away (east). To make matters worse the road has been resurfaced which further impedes the water from draining into the grate from our side to the grate (in front of our 3 properties). The water then cascades down the steps used by your tenant Gary and Jem and Tara at #11 to our respective properties’ front doors. My partner Sarah has flagged this up with ‘fixmystreet’, her contact brought about a response from the council, they sent out a couple of guys to inspect/talk with someone here, I met them and discussed. The guy who did all the speaking (Sean) was immediately adamant ‘he’ wasn’t going to put in another drain. Given the drainage to the existing grate was always problematic from our side and now exacerbated by the new tarmac level, a new drain seems like the most sensible solution.

    The man from the council said he would put in a channel (low scooped about 10inches wide) and raise the kerb. I agreed this might work, however on further discussion with neighbours doubts have arisen around what was proposed.

    In my opinion this proposal would work if the channel was to be sloping toward the drain; however I understood Sean (the council worker) to have said he would not want to have the edge of the tarmac above the level of the channel (as it would obviously crumble). This implies (I think) he’s thinking of just simply running a channel at the same level of the tarmac to the grate. In my opinion this would not solve the problem of the road flooding and flooding of our properties. The channel would be of little to no use in shifting water to the drain unless it was laid inclining toward the grate (significantly lower at the grate end than at the other end). I strongly recommend doing this otherwise the remedial work will not work, flooding will continue on the road, onto our properties and potentially into our properties. In this case the work/time and cost will be wasted and further work will have to be carried out to rectify the problem, probably as suggested a grate at the gutters lowest point (opposite number 11).

    Posted by John Waller at number 12 Shoscombe Vale at 13:04, Monday 23 January 2023

  • Dear Madam or Sir, We have had no indication of when this urgently needed repair work is to be carried out. As you will be aware the initial report of this situation was sent in January of this year. If our houses flood, which is possible, and our insurance company argue against the costs incurred due to the relevant authorities having been notified of the danger we live in, then we will have no alternative than to pursue whoever is liable for costs

    Posted by John Waller at number 12 Shoscombe Vale at 08:26, Friday 7 April 2023

  • No action has been taken yet. When will it be? The heavy rain last week again caused us concern. - the road has been marked up ahead of the work but it's taking so long that the paint is fading now!

    Posted anonymously at 10:08, Sunday 16 April 2023

  • There have been two visits by an inspection team who have twice painted marks to indicate the position of drainage channels to take the excess water away which pools at the top of our steps in heavy rain. The water then runs down the steps towards our front door and is a cause for concern.

    If a drain further along the row became blocked at the same time then flooding could occur potentially causing damage to three properties. Can we have an firm idea of when this work will be done please?

    Posted anonymously at 17:53, Sunday 16 April 2023

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