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Storm and Flood Damage

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Roger Palmer
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Posted on Thursday, 08 July, 2004 - 05:20 pm:   

I have only just managed to post this, but was wondering if anybody else was affected by the severely inclement weather yesterday evening? The junction between Sunderland Road and Gaynesford Road was completely flooded due to drain blockage until lunchtime today - unbelievable. My elderly mother was unable to get out into the fresh air until late this afternoon for fear of damaging her electric motored mobility-aid. On hearing this I was incandescent and quickly registered my complaint with the council.

It would appear that clearing this unsightly and unhygenic mess was not one of their priorities this morning and I for one am frankly disappointed about their attitude towards the clean up. This is Forest Hill after all and not Calcutta.

Has anybody else been affected by the after affects of the storm?
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Posted on Friday, 09 July, 2004 - 07:15 am:   

Dear Roger
Whilst of course I understand you concern about your mother , the weather was exceptional for July and if the council had staff to action exceptional events at once then they would be over staffed for 99% of the year.
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Posted on Saturday, 10 July, 2004 - 08:39 am:   

This issue of flooding seems to be common in London and certainly in Forest Hill- the junction of Devonshire and Woodcombe Crescent is frequently flooded after heavy storms, and our house was also flooded a few months ago when the torrent of water streaming down the hill could not flow away into the drain as it couldn't cope. hence was diverted into our house through the garage. Garage and kitchen completely flooded and all floorcoverings ruined. The problem is clearly that the drains cannot cope, and this weather pattern will become more common in future years.

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