A lot, if not all of this localised flooding could be addressed if the road side drains were cleaned once in a while, do you think. Does the council own or have access to a vacuum truck to perform such tasks, not seen one in years, was a common sight at one time.
As already stated the road side drains were once routinely cleaned/flushed out with one of those sucker pipe things on a big truck.
Apparently at one time there were a few of them designated to the Wrexham area, but now there are only a couple and virtually the only time that they are deployed is when a member of the public rings the Council or a councillor and tell them that a road side drain is blocked.
I know this from personal experience and to be fair once an issue has been highlighted the drains are unblocked.
The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.
I know who should be doing it, and council tax etc etc, but if everybody took a little care of the grid o/s their house, it would help. Remove leaves, debris etc or at least report the problem to Wcbc contact centre.
Its another instance of cost cutting without taking into account the longer term impact of such cuts, infrastructure damage, road hazard/accidents at times of heaven rain, flooding to shops and homes. The council have an undisputible duty of care with regards this type of issue. It would indeed be an interesting court/legal dispute, if a property was flooded and route cause could be attributed to lack of maintenance by the council. If they have the machinery to clean them ie vacuum trucks, CLEAN THEM, Its your bloody job.
In built-up areas, developers, landlords, homeowners could help by ensuring their front gardens (or rather parking lots outside increasing numbers of houses) are covered in porous materials i.e. gravel or grass rather than concrete, bricks or resin coated driveways so more water is absorbed by the ground rather than running off into the streets and roads. Businesses, planners, builders and architects have made the situation worse.
Despite the resurfacing work on the Powell Road /Chester Road roundabout the water still doesn’t drain away on either side of the road. Yesterday it was almost totally flooded across both carriage ways. Have the drains been properly cleaned ?
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