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Call for action after flooding strikes again in Bourne

Martyn Kitching's photo of flooding in Harrington Street, Bourne EMN-160614-144259001
Martyn Kitching's photo of flooding in Harrington Street, Bourne EMN-160614-144259001

Homeowners are calling on the county council to take action after heavy rain over the weekend caused serious flooding.

Firefighters were called to Harrington Street, in Bourne, on Friday evening last week and again on Tuesday to pump water out of the street which was submerged under several inches of water.

Residents say they havecomplained to Lincolnshire County Council about inadequate drainage on a number of occasions in recent years but no action appears to have been taken.

Meanwhile driveways and gardens in North Road, Bourne, were also flooded on Friday. Victoria Youll, who has lived in the street for 11 years, said: “The road was resurfaced back in 2012 and since then we have had regular floods – sometimes on the driveway and garden and sometimes lapping right up to the house.

“I have a big file of correspondance with the county council and have spoken to staff during site visits but no action has been taken to prevent future flooding.”

Mrs Youll said she intends to lodge a complaint with the Local Government Ombudsman over the council’s response to her concerns.

Martyn Kitching, who has lived in Harrington Street for 12 years, sent photos of flooding there to the Mercury.

He said the problem had been reported to the county council on a number of occasions.

Kevin Brumfield, the county council’s area highways manager, said: “We’re aware that there have been issues with surface water on North Road, during times of unusually heavy rainfall. However, the water has never reached the houses.

“Despite that, we have taken action in the past to lower the verge, to allow water to flow over it and help it soak away. Currently, our resources are prioritised to other areas of need within the county.

“We have attended Harrington Street once before in 2013, and all of the drainage was functioning correctly. However, we will be revisiting this area again as a result of the report.”

There was also serious flooding in Beech Avenue, and in Thurlby. Fire crews attended 21 incidents across the county on Tuesday night.


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