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Boost for Flood Hit Dorset Village

Milborne St Andrew

2:28pm 17th February 2014

One of Dorset's worst flood hit communities has had a breakthrough.

The main road though Milborne St Andrew has been flooded since the first storms hit in January causing a nightmare for residents who've had to endure weeks of wading through water.

Pressure from residents in the local community on the Council led to an investigation that's now found extra drainage space to disperse flood water. It's hoped it'll go some way to getting rid of the water that's flooded over the main road for weeks.

Village flood warden Steve Lord told Wessex FM hopefully highways will now act following the discovery;

"The village is straddled either side by Milton Road, that has just one 9 inch drain to take care of everything. The water goes into an inspection chamber right at the very bottom where there are in fact 2, 1 foot diameter drains that were basically working at 10% capacity. So hopefully they - Highways Authority - will put extra-large capacity drains in and connect them to these 2other drains that are completely underutilised."

"At last Highways department have acknowledged that there is spare capacity in the drains and it looks as if they're going to do something about it. The drains have been used to drain new housing estates over the past 10 years, so even in the summer the drains were only half full and I don't think highways were fully aware of the implications of that,"

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