Blocked drain has made a mudbath of our street

Southend Standard: Middle Hall Path Middle Hall Path

CALLS have been made for blocked drains to be cleared urgently after heavy rainfall left paths flooded.

Pedestrians have been unable to use walkways throughout Basildon for the past week after days of constant showers.

Middle Hall Path, which links Southernhay and West Thorpe, is under about a foot of water, while a passageway between Gun Hill Place and Wickham Place is out of order due to flooding.

A service road to garages in Nether Priors is also under about a foot of water.

It is thought the problems are down to drains which need unblocking, but highways bosses at Essex County Council have refused to set a date for the work.

A West Thorpe resident, who did not want to be named, has reported both the Nether Priors and Middle Hall Path flooding to Essex County Council.

She said: “The water in Middle Hall Path comes up over your ankles and there’s thick mud leading all the way to the footpath, so it’s a bit of a nightmare.

“I’ve seen people end up with wet, muddy shoes.

“Anyone who wants to get to their garage off Nether Priors needs boots or wellies to get anywhere near – it’s like a mud bath.”

Pat Rackley, Labour councillor for St Martin’s ward in Basildon, has slammed Essex County Council for not making the flooded paths a priority.

She said: “I don’t understand how the council can’t have any idea when it will be able to get someone out to look at the blocked drains.

“It’s not good enough and I think it’s disgraceful.

“I’m sure we’re going to have even more wet weather, so the flooding problem is just going to keep getting worse.

“I want to be able to reassure concerned residents it will be sorted, but it’s out of my control.”

An Essex Highways officer said: “While we are aware of this problem, we believe this path to be a private path, over which we have no responsibility.

“We remain willing to assist the owners to alleviate flooding in any way we can.”

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2:33pm Tue 4 Feb 14

flapjack says...

That tunnel under the railway use to flood when I was a kid playing in the area and that was about 35 years ago.......see nothing changes
That tunnel under the railway use to flood when I was a kid playing in the area and that was about 35 years ago.......see nothing changes flapjack
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3:41pm Tue 4 Feb 14

the25man says...

Water off a ducks back so why complain
Water off a ducks back so why complain the25man
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4:39pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Howard Cháse says...

They could come and have a look at the end of Travers Way, Park Side and the underpass from the Chalvedon Estate that connects to Northlands Park among many other inundated walkways and roads in the area too while they're at it.
They could come and have a look at the end of Travers Way, Park Side and the underpass from the Chalvedon Estate that connects to Northlands Park among many other inundated walkways and roads in the area too while they're at it. Howard Cháse
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5:04pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Devils Advocate says...

Not to mention the underpasses in the locale of roundacre and Gloucester Park.
We were told some time ago that we are damaging the water table by putting in front drives etc. so what do they think about new houses splattered all over the green areas. Could the day be approaching when we have to start culling those that think it a good idea to continue development on all the poor lands, or could they be thinking of something more sinister?
Did the Americans blow up the levees on the Mississippi delta?
Not to mention the underpasses in the locale of roundacre and Gloucester Park. We were told some time ago that we are damaging the water table by putting in front drives etc. so what do they think about new houses splattered all over the green areas. Could the day be approaching when we have to start culling those that think it a good idea to continue development on all the poor lands, or could they be thinking of something more sinister? Did the Americans blow up the levees on the Mississippi delta? Devils Advocate
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6:17pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Howard Cháse says...

Devils Advocate wrote:
Not to mention the underpasses in the locale of roundacre and Gloucester Park.
We were told some time ago that we are damaging the water table by putting in front drives etc. so what do they think about new houses splattered all over the green areas. Could the day be approaching when we have to start culling those that think it a good idea to continue development on all the poor lands, or could they be thinking of something more sinister?
Did the Americans blow up the levees on the Mississippi delta?
What's really funny is the so called boating lake in Gloucester Park. They started draining it sometime before Christmas but never actually completely drained it before they shut down for the holidays. It is almost half full again now....
[quote][p][bold]Devils Advocate[/bold] wrote: Not to mention the underpasses in the locale of roundacre and Gloucester Park. We were told some time ago that we are damaging the water table by putting in front drives etc. so what do they think about new houses splattered all over the green areas. Could the day be approaching when we have to start culling those that think it a good idea to continue development on all the poor lands, or could they be thinking of something more sinister? Did the Americans blow up the levees on the Mississippi delta?[/p][/quote]What's really funny is the so called boating lake in Gloucester Park. They started draining it sometime before Christmas but never actually completely drained it before they shut down for the holidays. It is almost half full again now.... Howard Cháse
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8:33am Fri 7 Feb 14

gary@euroloo.com says...

I think sometimes no matter how much you prepare for these torrential rainfalls you cant get it right all of the time, I believe compared to a lot of Countries around the world we have it easier, that said a bit more planning of maintenance programs is probably in order but guess budgets get cut in the wrong places sometimes.
I think sometimes no matter how much you prepare for these torrential rainfalls you cant get it right all of the time, I believe compared to a lot of Countries around the world we have it easier, that said a bit more planning of maintenance programs is probably in order but guess budgets get cut in the wrong places sometimes. gary@euroloo.com
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6:22pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Devils Advocate says...

gary@euroloo.com wrote:
I think sometimes no matter how much you prepare for these torrential rainfalls you cant get it right all of the time, I believe compared to a lot of Countries around the world we have it easier, that said a bit more planning of maintenance programs is probably in order but guess budgets get cut in the wrong places sometimes.
Strange, their were not too many people on this planet without an expectancy of flooding this year. ~It was predicted and, so far, we are getting by. But, look at the water level predictions for the last five years on line and perhaps there really is no excuse for the lack of preperation...... more so on the Somerset levels, as dredging would have saved most of that!
[quote][p][bold]gary@euroloo.com[/bold] wrote: I think sometimes no matter how much you prepare for these torrential rainfalls you cant get it right all of the time, I believe compared to a lot of Countries around the world we have it easier, that said a bit more planning of maintenance programs is probably in order but guess budgets get cut in the wrong places sometimes.[/p][/quote]Strange, their were not too many people on this planet without an expectancy of flooding this year. ~It was predicted and, so far, we are getting by. But, look at the water level predictions for the last five years on line and perhaps there really is no excuse for the lack of preperation...... more so on the Somerset levels, as dredging would have saved most of that! Devils Advocate
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