Resident tired of flooding

Resident tired of flooding

Photos of Queensway in Bidford. By Corin Bishop.

Photos of Queensway in Bidford. By Corin Bishop.

Photos of Queensway in Bidford. By Corin Bishop.

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AN angry villager in Bidford has hit out after his road flooded again after the weekend's heavy rain.

Corin Bishop lives in Queensway, Bidford, and contacted the Journal in frustration after the latest rainfall resulted in his road being covered by up to six inches of water.

He said despite the drains being cleaned regularly the road still floods, showing the problem to be something bigger than trapped leaves.

But Warwickshire County Council, which regularly jet washes the road, said the flooding was due to the extreme weather over the weekend, when the remains of ex-hurricane Bertha passed over the Vale.

Mr Bishop disagrees, he said: "Once again we have a period of hard rain and once again our street floods over the kerb in Queensway.

"Each time we have heavy rain it floods and each time is slightly worse than the time before. It's happened numerous times in recent years and it's not down to extreme conditions.

"I know this was the ex-hurricane but we have had heavy rain that's not down as anything special and it's flooded.

"The problem is that the bore of the drains is insufficient to take the water any time it rains hard. The reason for this is obvious as this never used to occur until they developed and built extra houses in Scott Close around the corner and linked up the storm drains to them without increasing the bore of the pipes.

"The old adage goes, You can't get a quart into a pint pot.

"I am worried about the future rather than now. It gets worse every time."

Mr Bishop also contacted Severn Trent, who said they had not been made aware of the problem until now, but added they would now investigate.

A spokesman for the company said: "We were made aware of a flooding issue in Queensway, Bidford- this weekend.

"We’re not yet sure what has caused the flooding to happen, but if the flooding was due to our sewers being overwhelmed with the rain, we take this very seriously and we don’t want any of our customers to suffer unnecessarily.

“Now we’ve been made aware of the problem, we’ll be contacting the local residents as soon as possible and we’ll work with them to see what we can do to help prevent this problem in the future.

"Severn Trent Water are however only responsible for the sewers and so once we understand why the flooding in Queensway, Bidford-on-Avon is happening, we may need to work with other bodies such as the local council or the Environment Agency to solve this particular issue."

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