Call to fix collapsed drain that caused months of flooding in Braceborough road

Flooding in Quincey's Lane, Braceborough
Flooding in Quincey's Lane, Braceborough
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Residents fed up of wading through floodwater to reach their homes have called for action to repair a collapsed drain.

Weeks of heavy rain during the winter months turned Quincey’s Lane in Braceborough into something resembling more of a lake than a road.

The flooding was caused by a collapsed drain in a neighbouring field but despite residents’ repeated calls to Lincolnshire County Council since October, no action has been taken.

Pete Milne, who saw his house in Quincey’s Lane turn into a lakeside property over Christmas, is fed up with the situation.

He said: “We have to wade through the water every time we go through the village.

“The water has never properly subsided since October. It has dried up now but the problem is still there. For seven weeks it didn’t clear at all.

“We have to drive and walk through it. It is totally wrong. You don’t expect to have to put your welly boots on to visit the neighbours.”

Mr Milne has written to Stamford and Bourne MP Nick Boles about the problem and is considering calling an open meeting with the council and the landowner, Ashton Estate.

He has also called on the council to resurface the road which has been crumbling since sewer pipes were replaced about five years ago.

Mr Milne added: “I don’t know what else we can do.”

“They are just passing the buck amongst each other.”

The council’s assistant director of highways and transportation Paul Coathup said several attempts had been made to unblock the drain but these had not worked.

He added that the council had passed on the matter to the landowner Ashton Estate and it was now their responsibility to resolve the issue.

The Mercury contacted Ashton Estate for a comment but did not receive a reply.