Fears Southend seafront may flood again

Southend Standard: Fears Southend seafront may flood again Fears Southend seafront may flood again

A BUSINESSMAN fears his seafront amusement arcade could be flooded again – a year after it suffered £200,000 damage.

Martin Richardson’s Happidrome was closed for eight months after heavy rain caused drains to overflow, flooding the arcade, in Marine Parade, Southend, with sewage.

He fears it could happen all over again because the seafront’s £7.6million City Beach revamp only allowed for one drain to protect the arcade.

The flooding was so bad last year Mr Richardson considered closing the arcade for good.

He decided to stay on and invested £80,000 over and above his insurance pay-out, bringing the arcade up to scratch – only to face the prospect of the same thing happening again because of potentially inadequate drainage.

He said: “The drain is the only drain in the side street and the natural downhill force means the side street’s water all goes into this drain.

“Last August, this drain got blocked by a large, black plastic bin liner. The water flowed right over it and flooded the seafront.

“Before City Beach, the kerbs channelled water away from the paved areas, along the side of the road and down a main storm drain.

“This man-made channel has been removed and no adequate provision has been put in its place”.

The drain was blocked again during heavy rain last month and a nervous Mr Richardson now finds himself checking for flooding every time it rains , using security cameras linked to his home. The businessman says he is paying so much in insurance premiums he is considering legal action to recoup some of the money.

He added: “The massive increase in my insurance premium and little or no help, thanks to the lack of commitment to provide a duty of care from Southend Council.

“I’m engaging specialist engineers and solicitors to investigate the building design of this front in and around my business.”

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12:10pm Tue 17 Jun 14

CarnMountification says...

Make sure people check the drains, nearest to their properties, that way all that can be done, will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven Lol
Make sure people check the drains, nearest to their properties, that way all that can be done, will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven Lol CarnMountification
  • Score: -8

12:18pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Howard Cháse says...

Ask SBC to build a clay wall between the drains and the arcade....

Get Jimmy Dudd Ridge to sign off the plans...
Ask SBC to build a clay wall between the drains and the arcade.... Get Jimmy Dudd Ridge to sign off the plans... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 12

12:57pm Tue 17 Jun 14

pembury53 says...

while SBC dithers over its 'duty of care' these traders need to stop just complaining and take a postive approach, to protect their livelyhoods..... i would suggest set up a rota for a 'drain watch' during the heaviest downpours, to intercept any detritus or foreign objects, that may block this overwhelmed water course...... with some dillagence, suitable water proof clothing, and a speedy response, no one need be flooded until a more permanent solution can be found, if indeed that ever happens...
while SBC dithers over its 'duty of care' these traders need to stop just complaining and take a postive approach, to protect their livelyhoods..... i would suggest set up a rota for a 'drain watch' during the heaviest downpours, to intercept any detritus or foreign objects, that may block this overwhelmed water course...... with some dillagence, suitable water proof clothing, and a speedy response, no one need be flooded until a more permanent solution can be found, if indeed that ever happens... pembury53
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8:51pm Tue 17 Jun 14

abd123 says...

Many areas of Southend were flooded that day, some much worse. Those drains were not blocked. There is a limit to the amount of water ordinary drains can take. It would not be feasible to build drains to cope with that amount of rain.
Many areas of Southend were flooded that day, some much worse. Those drains were not blocked. There is a limit to the amount of water ordinary drains can take. It would not be feasible to build drains to cope with that amount of rain. abd123
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7:01am Wed 18 Jun 14

rodgdodge says...

Problem is much worse, when the tide is in.
As this area is well below sea-level.
The whole area ( City Beach) needs some kind of water storage , with a pumping facility.
Maybe one could be built under the ` Old Ship` pub car park, prior to development.
Problem is much worse, when the tide is in. As this area is well below sea-level. The whole area ( City Beach) needs some kind of water storage , with a pumping facility. Maybe one could be built under the ` Old Ship` pub car park, prior to development. rodgdodge
  • Score: 7

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