'Flooded' Resident Calls For Drains Change
8:14am 18th October 2014
A Dorchester resident is calling for drains around the area to be changed after what he calls "The biggest devastation of his life".
Two years ago, in July 2012, David Element's home in Fordington flooded and his family had to move out for nine months.
He says after Thursday's (16th October) downpour he can see history repeating itself, and he's tried to warn people, "I've had good contact with people in the Environment Agency, and in the local councils, I've attended local council meetings, people have come round the house, we've had Oliver Letwin, the MP, who's been round the house twice. I just have seen no improvement in the way the drains are designed, or maintained, or any plans for new drains, just no movement."
"If I'm right that the capacity of the drains is insufficient in a growing town- the problem will get worse. We'll have to expect to see drains overflowing during any storm. Businesses will suffer and people will suffer. I don't think anyone can underestimate just how awful it is to have that much water in your family home."
We contacted Brian Richards, Dorset County Council's flood risk manager, who issued this response:
"Heavy rain during the evening of Thursday 16 October resulted in some properties and roads in the Fordington area and elsewhere in Dorchester being flooded. The majority of surface water in low lying areas receded within 90 minutes however the residential area of Kings Road and South Walks Road experienced standing water overnight.
"Dorset County Council Flood Risk Management Teams will be working with Wessex Water, West Dorset District Council and the county council's highways team to investigate the impact of flooding and offer appropriate assistance to affected residents. We will continue to monitor forecasts for rainfall in the coming weeks and review our maintenance schedule for drain clearance and sweeping in other high risk locations in the county's network."